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Tim McDonald

Are the Miami Dolphins for Real? Let's Not Be Hasty

By September 23, 2013

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Dion Sims

I don't want to rain on South Florida's parade, but I have some sage counsel for all you Miami fans who watched that rousing win over Atlanta this weekend.

Don't get your hopes up too high. Not yet.

I'm as impressed as anyone with the Dolphins' last-minute 27-23 win over the Falcons, one of the NFL's more talented and highly-regarded teams.

I liked what I saw in quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who capped a 75-yard drive by tossing a one-yard touchdown pass to Dion Sims with 38 seconds left to win the game.

So Miami is 3-0 for the first time since 2002 and everybody's doing the salsa down there in the southern climes. And they're not exactly beating the dregs of the league, having whipped the Colts and the Falcons both.

"The sky's the limit," Miami receiver Brian Hartline told CBS Sports.

Maybe, but this team has some weaknesses it needs to shore up before it can be considered among the league's elites.

They need much better pass protection: Tannehill frequently had to hurry his throws and was sacked five times. And the defense needs work on both putting pressure on the quarterback as well as stopping the run. Note the nearly five yards rushing average they gave up against Atlanta.

There were some other impressive wins this weekend, like the Ravens beating up on the Texans, 30-9, and the Bengals' 34-30 win over the Packers, just to name two.

We also had some telling losses by teams who were supposed to be in the thick of it this year. Like the 49ers and Redskins. Read my opinions of those teams here, and do not hesitate to voice your unbridled agreement.

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