Miami Dolphins Streak of Covering Spread Aligns With Ryan Fitzpatrick at QB Following Week 5 Bye

New York Jets v Miami Dolphins
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Last week, the Miami Dolphins got their first win of the 2019 NFL season, but that wasn't the only accomplishment they achieved. In doing so, they also pulled even against the spread (ATS) on the year, with their fourth cover in a row with Ryan Fitzpatrick as their starting quarterback.

After four early season blowouts, the Dolphins went into their Week 5 bye and officially made the switch to Fitzpatrick at QB. He managed to keep them in their next three games, losing by one, 10 and 13 points, respectively, and finally broke through with an upset win over the Jets last Sunday.

This streak started in Week 6 against the Washington Redskins. Facing another winless team, Miami benched then-starter Josh Rosen in favor of Fitzpatrick and scored late to bring themselves within one point. Their two-point conversion attempt for the win was unsuccessful, but they still managed to cover the 3.5-points spread for the first time all season.

From there, they had two double-digit losses against the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers, but managed to keep both closer than expected, as those point spreads were 16.5 and 14.5, respectively, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

In Week 10, the Dolphins travel to Indianapolis to face a Colts team that will be starting Brian Hoyer at quarterback. In spite of that and the Dolphins four-game ATS cover streak, the Colts are favored by 10.5 points.

Whether or not the Dolphins win this game outright, recent trends show that betting against the Dolphins and Fitzpatrick, at least against the spread, can be dangerous – especially when they're getting double-digit points.

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