The Oakland Raiders were overpowered, outmatched and fighting through a ton of adversity (early game start, South Florida's heat and humidity, and a ton of injuries) during Sunday's 35-13 loss.
That is why Miami's first victory of the 2012 season isn't a good gauge for what to expect this season.
As impressive as it might have seemed watching the Dolphins pusha round Oakland, it wasn't surprising, I'm not sure it tells us anything about Joe Philbin's team.
We knew the Dolphins were beasts against the run. That's why Miami leads the league in limited opponents to 2.2 yards per rush.
We knew the Dolphins struggled in coverage down-field, and couldn't stop a tight end. Oakland's tight ends and tailbacks accounted for 217 pass yards and the Raiders only touchdown.
We knew Brian Hartline was a solid reliable receiver, which explains why his 12 receptions for 161 yards leads the team. All he needed was chemistry with the new quarterback.
What we don't know is if Miami can consistently run the ball, and if rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill can continue to limit the turnovers. The Dolphins have a chance to win every Sunday if they don't turn the ball over.
Beat the Jets, which will clearly have an advantage because of Tony Sparano's intimate knowledge of the Dolphins' personnel, and then Miami might have something to pound its chest about.
The Dolphins have a 4-2 record against Mark Sanchez led teams.
Here's what the Sun-Sentinel has to offer you from Sunday.
Can Brian Hartline prove he can serve as Miami's go-to receiver? Hartline is a perfect fit for a west coast offense.
And now moving forward to Jets week.....