What we learned from the Dolphins’ season opener

The Dolphins didn’t just get off to a slow start in 2017.

They did so at a time when their record was on the decline.

Here are five things we learned about the Dolphins in Week 2.


There’s still plenty of time for improvement 2.

The Dolphins are a team that thrives on continuity 3.

There are no guarantees, but they are going to be much better in the second half 4.

There is still a lot of work to do before the Dolphins are back to their early-season form 5.

The defense is still young, but that’s what’s going to keep the Dolphins afloat for years to come.

1-10 Dolphins: Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is a rookie and he needs to improve.

He didn’t this week, but he did on the first drive of the game.

Tannehill threw three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns by Dolphins running back Damien Williams.

On a third down, Tannehr overthrew Williams.

Tanneshhill’s second interception came with less than a minute left in the first quarter.

He was sacked and was replaced by Mike Pouncey.

His third interception came in the third quarter and it was intercepted by Chris McCain.

He completed three of four passes for 29 yards.

He also had two fumbles, one of which was returned for a touchdown by Marcus Thigpen.

Tannelle was sacked twice.

He threw three passes for 16 yards.

In the second quarter, he threw a deep ball to DeVante Parker that went for a 44-yard touchdown.

He fumbled twice and was sacked on the next drive.

He had a career-high eight completions for 64 yards.

The offensive line was shaky against the run.

Tannellle ran for 55 yards and ran for five more touchdowns.

The running back who had been the Dolphins most reliable receiver last year, Kenny Stills, missed his second straight game.

He returned to practice Tuesday and he did not practice Wednesday because of a concussion.

2-10 Bills: Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor is a veteran quarterback who has never had to lead a team to a playoff berth.

Taylor had just eight complets for 42 yards and two interceptions.

He ran for just three yards on three carries.

Taylor’s third interception was returned by Charles Clay for a 14-yard gain.

Taylor completed two of four pass attempts for 24 yards.

Taylor also had three fumbles.

3-10 Jets: New York running back LeGarrette Blount is back after missing the past three games with a sprained ankle.

Blount finished the game with nine carries for 65 yards and a touchdown.

Blunt also had a fumble recovery.

Blown right tackle Zach Mettenberger also returned to the lineup and had a team-high five tackles.

The Jets have won three straight and six of their past seven games.

4-10 Seahawks: Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman had a solid game, but cornerback Richard Rodgers missed a number of plays with a knee injury.

The Seahawks were shut out for most of the first half, but Wilson threw for 211 yards on 29 attempts with one touchdown and no interceptions.

5-10 Titans: Titans wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham had a big game for the Titans, catching seven passes for 146 yards.

Green-Bellah had three catches for 43 yards and one touchdown.

His two catches for 20 yards came on a two-yard reception.

He caught one pass for 14 yards and scored on a 19-yard pass to receiver Corey Davis.

6-10 Cardinals: The Cardinals were the only team to lose to a team this season, and they did it in the opener of the season.

The Cardinals allowed an average of 8.6 yards per play.

They also allowed an NFL-high 18 sacks.

7-10 Panthers: Carolina quarterback Cam Newton had a rough day, but the team improved.

The Panthers had a game-high four sacks.

Newton threw three picks and completed six of nine passes for 76 yards.

8-10 Texans: Houston quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t have the best outing in Week 1, but his accuracy in the red zone was good.

Fitzpatrick had a touchdown and an interception in the Texans’ 27-20 victory over the Broncos.

He’s completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 1,854 yards and 10 touchdowns with seven interceptions.

9-10 Rams: Rams defensive end Alec Ogletree had two sacks in the Rams’ win over the Eagles.

10-10 Vikings: Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson finished with 11 carries for 81 yards and was held to 12 yards on four carries.

The Vikings are 7-2 in games Peterson started this season.

11-10 Packers: The Packers lost their first game of the year, and it came in Minnesota.

Aaron Rodgers threw for 216 yards and no touchdowns.

11th-ranked receiver Jordy Nelson had two catches and a score for the Packers.

12-10 Falcons: Atlanta cornerback Desmond Trufant played a key role in the Falcons’