Dolphins Overshadowed By “Fail Mary”

Ever since the World League, the "special relationship" between the UK and USA has been best exemplified by the British love of NFL, from the success of the London games to the growing interest from online betting sites in the UK. Yet, while a major London event washed down by warm beer, or the chance to wager a few dollars online, are fine contributions to the game, these can be outdone by the other great contribution from across the pond -- the Great British sense of humor.

This latter factor certainly came to the fore this week, when all the betting talk was overshadowed by what the Brits are calling the Fail Mary. Okay, so the Packers/Seahawks incident originally coined the phrase back in 2012, but this year's early contender has to be Jay Cutler for his bizarre throw that ended the first half of the Dolphins' nail-biting opener against the Chargers.

Emotional Start

With thoughts of the Hurricane Irma victims foremost in everyone's minds, the Dolphins ground out a hard win, and spoiled the L.A. Charger's opening party at their new home. Given that emotions were running high for both teams, albeit for different reasons, the comedic conclusion to the first half was probably exactly what was needed.

Returning warrior Jay Cutler, who just a few months ago appeared destined for a long and happy retirement, had enjoyed a solid, if unspectacular, first half. With seconds left, he took the snap, had time on his side, no pressure, receivers at the ready and nailed the ball five yards onto the sideline, almost taking out a cheerleader in the process.

Critics were quick to mock on social media, but once the British fans had stopped laughing, what did their famed bookmakers learn from the action on the field?

Latest NFL Betting Odds From the UK

The great thing about the UK betting sites is they give an unemotional week by week view of where the momentum lies. NFL betting in the UK is enormously popular, and the growth of internet based gambling sites has opened the market up to an international audience. What do they make of the Dolphins chances at glory this year?

Unsurprisingly, the short term view is rosy, and they are odds on favorites to continue their winning ways and go 2-0 when they meet the Jets next week. Looking further ahead, it is never easy being in the same division at the Patriots, but if you think they can get past them to finish top of the AFC East, the 5/1 odds suggest that the bookies agree that you might have a point.

They are a 25/1 shot to wind up as AFC champions, and if you think they can go all the way this year and be crowned winners of Super Bowl LII, get your dollar on now, and you will get $50 back if you are right.

Unsurprisingly, the Patriots are favorites to do it again, at little better than even money to win the AFC and odds of 5/1 to add another Super Bowl to the list.

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