The Dolphins opened up the 2013 football season in Cleveland with a stellar 23-10 victory over the Browns. Sophomore QB Ryan Tannehill looked solid on Sunday as he accumulated 272 passing yards and a touchdown. Tannehill seems to still favor the recently resigned wide receiver in Brian Hartline, whom exploded with nine catches, 114 receiving yards and a touchdown. Perhaps the best praise we can give to the Dolphins is the noticeable improvement in their pass defense. With a total of three interceptions from the secondary (Dimitri Patterson sure looked like a stud) and six sacks, things are looking pretty bright on the defensive side for the Dolphins. The real X-factor in this game came down to the absence of Cleveland’s featured running back Trent Richardson, who certainly wasn’t involved in the offense as much as they previously said he would be.
The Indianapolis Colts will host Tannehill and the Dolphins at Lucas Oil Stadium next Sunday, 9/15.
First Week Venting: The $60 million dollar man Mike Wallace didn’t exactly fit the role of a ‘deep threat’ as he ended the day with a single catch of 15 yards. The contract Mike Wallace earned this off-season was the largest amount of money Miami has ever given to any free agent. Although our faith remains, Mike Wallace is going to be looked upon as a boom-or-bust option in the Dolphins offense until we get consistent results.
Fantasy Analysis: Lamar Miller laid a ‘goose egg’ to fantasy owners who invested a moderately early draft pick for him due to his sleeper appeal. It’s going to be quite frustrating to see this so-called timeshare between Miller and Daniel Thomas (who managed to vulture a goal-line TD). This opens a buy-low window for fantasy owners who want to roll the dice on Miller, although the Dolphins gave no real signs of life in their running game.