Miami Dolphins: Offensive Grades After First Quarter of the Season

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Miami Dolphins: Offensive Grades After First Quarter of the Season
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While fans of the Miami Dolphins are in their post-loss funk after the Dolphins' 38-17 defeat at the Superdome in New Orleans, all they have to do is take a step back to see a beautiful picture.

Miami won three of its first four games and defeated two playoff contenders, the Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons.  The Dolphins have also notched two road victories.

In 2013, Miami added a slew of talent, through free agency and the draft, and the team is still developing its chemistry.  The Dolphins are improving daily and their schedule only gets easier.

This was supposed to be the difficult part of the Dolphins schedule, with many pundits claiming Miami and its fans should be doing cartwheels if they could steal two of their first five games.  Well, how about four?  The Dolphins are favored by three points in their home matchup against the Baltimore Ravens, after all.

While Miami is far from a perfect team, it is a contender, mainly because of the growth of second-year quarterback, Ryan Tannehill.  Without a doubt, the Dolphins have not had an offense as effective as their present one in over a decade.  

Because of Tannehill and the addition of receivers such as Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson, Miami's offense is on pace to score more points than any Dolphin team since 2002.  In 2002, Miami, led by Jay Fiedler and Ricky Williams, averaged more than 23 points per game.

I will now examine the Dolphins offense through the first quarter of the season and assign grades to its units and starters.

 

All advanced stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus' subscription-based services unless otherwise noted.

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