I'm sorry but offseason roster changes impact a team. Too many pundits take the easy way out and are using 2012 results to predict how NFL teams will fare in 2013.
The Miami Dolphins were 7-9 last year with a rookie coach and a rookie quarterback. Since then, Miami has added a slew of potential impact players such as Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson, Tyson Clabo, Dannell Ellerbe, Philip Wheeler, Brent Grimes, Dion Jordan, Jamar Taylor, Will Davis, Dion Sims and Caleb Sturgis.
The Dolphins' list of outgoing players includes Jake Long, Reggie Bush, Sean Smith and Anthony Fasano. While this is a group of productive players, the sum of the talent added far outweighs the talent lost.
With this is mind, how are the Dolphins not playoff contenders?
Cleveland was 5-11 last season and only added linebacker Barkevious Mingo and cornerback Leon McFadden in the first five rounds of the 2013 NFL draft. In free agency, the Browns were only able to add linebacker Paul Kruger, defensive tackle Desmond Bryant and cornerback Chris Owens. Cleveland also acquired Davone Bess from Miami through a trade.
Miami had a stronger foundation than Cleveland based on last year's performance and added much more talent in the offseason. Las Vegas dropped the ball on an easy call.
Miami Dolphins 23, Cleveland Browns 10.
I will now use what Week 1 showed us to forecast the entire season for the Miami Dolphins.