Feels weird doesn’t it? The first official Sunday full of football in roughly 7 months has just taken place. The first day of meaningful football since last January. The Pats nearly lost, the Raiders nearly won and Brady Quinn got released (the day before and then was re-signed this morning) and Eminem did not jinx the Detroit Lions as they steamrolled the Vikings, like he knew it was going to happen in case anyone happened to be watching the NCAA Michigan vs Notre Dame on Saturday night when the rap star insisted he was a little afraid of predicting the score in the Lions/Vikings matchup(the only thing that is often better than watching NFL)
Usually when you win, in the NFL, it is a good thing. Not according to Miami receiver Mike Wallace however. As Sunday’s opener for all NFL teams except Denver and Baltimore, Miami welcomed the Cleveland Browns and came away with a 23-10 win.
Miami Mike Wallace was in no mood to chat after being used as a $60 million decoy in the win
Technically none of the Dolphins should be too overly thrilled with the win. It was against Cleveland after all.
“I don’t want to talk. I don’t feel like talking about it,” Wallace said. “Ask Coach. It’s not my game plan.”
Apparently the extra attention the Browns cornerbacks and safeties gave to Wallace essentially freed up Miami’s other receivers (Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson) who made them pay, combining for 16 receptions and nearly 200 yards.
It’s still surprising that Dolphin’s offensive co-ordinator Mike Sherman failed to call a screen or a slant to get the ball to Wallace’s hands and let his best playmaker do what he does.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill said the Browns put Wallace into double coverage so rather than risk an interception, it would be better to go to the open receivers.
Mike Wallace is the team’s $60 million dollar man but he sure didn’t feel like it yesterday.
The Dolphins didn’t end up needing the offence Wallace can likely provide yesterday but you can damn well bet they are going to need every yard he can get next week.
Miami’s Week 2 opponent will be Andrew Luck at the Colts, at Lucas Oil Stadium on Sunday afternoon at 1pm.
Week 3 does not get any easier, either. Miami hosts one of the possible Super Bowl favourites when the Atlanta Falcons pay a visit.
Week 4 will take Miami to New Orleans where hopefully Ryan Tannehill will be at his best (even if he is, Drew Brees will probably maul him), and the following week brings them back home where they will host the Super Bowl champion, the Baltimore Ravens.
Hopefully Mike Wallace will get sick of it by that point, then he gets the bye week to think about how easy he had it back in Week 1.
I see the Dolphins winning one of those games, no idea who but it will probably be the one team that chooses to underestimate them.
Against the Browns, Tannehill passed for 272 yards and a touchdown,
Cleveland has now dropped their ninth straight season opener and have fallen to 1-14 in Week 1 since 1999.
Tannehill is surrounded by better talent on offense after Miami’s offseason spending splurge, threw a 34-yard TD pass to Brian Hartline in the third quarter and drove the Dolphins to a game-clinching TD in the fourth.
Daniel Thomas had a 1-yard scoring plunge with 6:48 left, putting the Dolphins up by 10 and they turned it over to their defense.
Miami’s Cameron Wake had 2½ sacks and the Dolphins’ defensive line sacked Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden six times and hurried him countless more.
Weeden threw three interceptions and the Browns never got anything going in coach Rob Chudzinski’s debut.
By game’s end, FirstEnergy Stadium was nearly empty as Browns fans bailed in the final minutes.
He played college football for the University of Mississippi, and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He is widely regarded as one of the fastest players in the NFL.
Other scores from around the league: Dallas over NY Giants 36-31, St. Louis over Arizona 27-24, Patroits over Bills 23-21, Bears over Cincinatti 24-21,Miami over Cleveland 23-10, Detroit over Minnesota 34-24, Colts over Raiders 21-17, Saints over Falcons 23-17, NY Jets over Tampa Bay 18-17,Tennessee over Pittsburgh 16-9, Chiefs over Jaguars 28-2. And the week still isn’t over yet as Washington plays Philadelphia in tonight’s Monday Night Football matcup.