Sunday, September 22nd W 27-23
Monday, September 30th L 38-17
@ New Orleans Saints
Sunday, October 6th @ 1:00pm
WEEK 6- Bye
Sunday, October 20th @ 1:00pm
Sunday, October 27th @ 1:00pm
@ New England Patriots
Thursday, Ocotber 31 @ 8:25pm
Monday, November 11th @ 8:40pm
@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday, November 17th @ 1:00pm
San Diego Chargers
Sunday, November 24th @ 1:00pm
Sunday, December 1st @ 1:00pm
@ NY Jets
Sunday, December 8th @ 1:00pm
@ Pittsburgh Steelers
Sunday, December 15th @ 1:00pm
New England Patriots
Sunday, December 22nd
@ Buffalo Bills
Sunday, December 29th
Can I start off by bragging that I was pretty darn close in my pick for this game? Here's what I wrote in Friday's blog:
"I'm picking the Fins over the Browns: 24-13
As for the season: My optimistic pick is 9-7 for the Miami Dolphins, and that may be good enough for a playoff berth."
The actual final score was Dolphins 23 - Browns 10. Not exact, but pretty darn close.
As for the season pick at 9-7, that remains to be seen, but starting the season off with a win was a great way to get it going.
One thing the Fins will HAVE to get going is the running game. Picking up under one yard per rush attempt is not going to win you many games, unless your QB's first name is Peyton or Tom.
That being said, interception aside, Ryan Tannehill looked good. He was a 63.2% passer and the Dolphins put up the same amount of points on Sunday as the Patriots did, against the Buffalo Bills in a game that Tom Brady had to win for his team (Doesn't he always?) in the closing seconds.
The Dolphins' Defense was more than stout on Sunday, picking off Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden 3 times and sacking him 6 times.
If the Defense can play this way every game, and someone finds running room, the Fins could have a great record this year, but as my Dad has told me "If 'ifs and buts' were candy and nuts, everyday would be Christmas!"
One more note:
The Miami Dolphins have announced the hiring of a new CEO. Tom Garfinkle is the former President of Major League Baseball's San Diego Padres and was replaced by former Miami CEO Mike Dee. Click Here for more.
It's finally here, the 2013/2014 NFL season and Peyton Manning started it off on the right foot, or should I say arm with a record-tying 7 TDs. The last time a QB threw 7 touchdowns in one game was back in 1969, the same year I was born.
I'm not expecting those type of results from Ryan Tannehill, but I do expect the 2nd year QB to be better than last year, especially given his new targets.
Miami begins the season on Sunday (1 p.m. CBS tv and Real Radio) in Cleveland, against the Browns. The Fins should be able to defeat a Browns team with Brandon Weeden at quarterback, missing his top target, WR Josh Gordon, along with a shaky secondary. However, it should be interesting to see former Miami wideout Davone Bess in a Brown's uniform. He'll be trying to send a message to his old team.
QB Brandon Weeden (above) of the Cleveland Browns will turn 30 this year.
If Miami doesn't win this game, they'll have a tough time this season, because the next few games workout this way:
They head to Indy to play Andrew Luck and the Colts in week 2.
The home opener comes the following week against the Atlanta Falcons, who many are picking for the Superbowl this year.
Then, the Fins travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints.
The Dolphins come back home for week 5 against the Baltimore Ravens, and let's not fool ourselves...despite the huge loss to the Broncos in the season opener Thursday night, the Superbowl champs still have an explosive offense led by QB Joe Flacco.
Miami has to go at least 2-3 in these first five games to have a clear shot at a Wild Card playoff berth later this season.
As for this first game, even the folks in the Cleveland media are worried about the Browns' chances, which you can see in this video.
As the Cleveland Plain Dealer points out: Since the franchise return to Cleveland in 1999, the Browns are 1-13 in openers. Twelve of those loses came at home.
I'm picking the Fins over the Browns: 24-13
As for the season: My optimistic pick is 9-7 for the Miami Dolphins, and that may be good enough for a playoff berth.
When the offense takes the field for the first time in Cleveland on Sunday, Lamar Miller, the second year player for the Miami Dolphins out of the University of Miami, will be behind quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Miller, a UM standout, won the starting job at running back from third-year player Daniel Thomas, though head coach Joe Philbin has said fans will see both players quite a bit.
The Dolphins released its first depth chart of the regular season on Monday.
Pretty much everyone who was expected to start in their respective positions is listed as the starters there.
In other Miami Dolphins news, the team has signed former Philadelphia Eagles guard Danny Watkins. He was a first round (23rd overall) pick for the Eagles in the 2011 draft, but was released by Philly on Saturday.
Here's a quote from an ESPN blogger James Walker, regarding Watkins' potential for helping the Fins:
"It remains to be seen if Danny Watkins can turn his career around in Miami, but he immediately brings both depth and competition to the Dolphins' thin offensive line."
Miami had some injuries at the guard position, so Watkins is seen as at least a serviceable backup there, though he won't apparently help the situation at right tackle, where Jonathan Martin has been asked to take over for Jake Long and has looked less-than-stellar.
Click Here for more on the Watkins pick-up.
Also, Miami has signed a fullback named Tyler Clutts, and yes you do pronounce it THAT way. It's not known whether he will jump in right away, but he says he was brought to South Florida after spending training camp with the Houston Texans to knock guys out of the way to make room for the running game.
Clutts has a sense of humor about his last name, and says because he was usually bigger than the other kids in class, it wasn't a problem, but he feels for his wife, because she has taken the name.
One more note: We have heard that first round pick Dion Jordan is expected to play in Sunday's game at Cleveland, though he is not projected to be a starter. The defensive end has been nursing a shoulder injury during the preseason.
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If Miami's losing preseason record bothers you, it shouldn't. Preseason is all about evaluation and getting ready for the regular season. The starters don't play much and didn't at all in the fifth and final game against the Saints on Thursday night.
My assessment of the 2013 Miami Dolphins after what I witnessed in the preseason is pretty much the same as everyone:
1) The defense should be a monster, especially the front seven.
2) Ryan Tannehill appears to have improved (no INTs during his entire preseason play).
3) The offensive line concerns me, but I'm hopeful that everybody will gel sooner than later.
4) The tight end position may not be as dire as expected after Dustin Keller went down for the season. That is, if Dion Sims plays as well as I think he might, after watching him catch the ball in the Saints game.
5) Don't expect a Superbowl trip this season, but I expect the team to be better than last year. I'll commit to a 2013 record prediction before the start of the regular season. Let me think about it a little more, see who gets cut this weekend (NFL teams need to trim rosters down to 53..Dolphins have to cut more than 20 players).
One more thing: I know I said preseason doesn't matter, but did you see that 56 yard bomb for a TD thrown by backup quarterback Pat Devlin to backup wide receiver Marvin McNutt on Thursday night? It might have saved both of their jobs.
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One final preseason game may or may not feature any playing time from the starters. For most positions, Coach Joe Philbin already knows who will lineup at the start of Game One at Cleveland.
This time around, he wants to see who will make the final roster cut.
Fullback Javorski Lane did not make that final cut, being released earlier this week, along with eight other players. Lane played last year, but it appears this season the Fins will go with a three-wideout set more often than not.
Thursday night's preseason finale against the New Orleans Saints kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Sunlife Stadium. You can watch it on channel 34 and hear it on Real Radio.
Click Here for season predictions from those who follow the Miami Dolphins at the SunSentinel.
The Miami Dolphins have one preseason game left on Thursday and might already be preparing for their season opener in Cleveland.
The final preseason game usually doesn't feature many starters and those that do play don't stay on the field long. In Miami's case, we might not see QB Ryan Tannehill at all, if you take this Miami Herald article into consideration.
It's about the Fins having a potential edge in the AFC East division, thanks to some key injuries to the quarterbacks of the Jets and the Bills. As writer Joseph Goodman points out, Buffalo is down to its third string QB as Kevin Kolb is out and his backup E.J. Manuel is recovering from knee surgery. An undrafted rookie third stringer may start the season for the Bills.
The New York Jets are dealing with a quarterback controversy that nobody wants...Mark Sanchez was thrown into the third preseason game during the 4th quarter, with Rex Ryan taking heat for that, after Sanchez suffered a shoulder injury. Rookie QB Geno Smith has looked poor in preseason play.
On a personal note, I recently discovered Smith played for my high school alma mater, Miramar High, so I actually hope he eventually becomes a star, just not for the Jets.
The Dolphins have to cut their roster from 84 players to 75 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Who do you think will be cut? Let us know in the comments below.
Thursday's 5th and final preseason game is at Sunlife Stadium, against the New Orleans Saints. You can watch it on channel 34 in our area or listen to Real Radio. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.
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If you are headed to Saturday night's Miami Dolphins game against the Tampa Bay Bucs, don't forget about the NFL's new "Clear Bag Policy" this season.
Yes, this is for pre-season games too.
No bulky purses, diaper bags or backpacks may be brought into the games, only clear bags. The league will provide gallon-sized Ziplock-style bags in the parking lot before games.
You'll also be able to purchase larger, and a bit more stylish, bags.
Click Here for full details.
By the way, this is the game in which the Dolphins will have game-planned for, just as if it was a regular season game, so we should see more of the starters longer.
This performance will go a long way in showing what the Miami Dolphins will look like this season. Let's hope it's a good one.
As always, the game can be heard on Real Radio. Kick-off is 7:30 p.m.