The Phish did not open 2009 as well as they may have wanted. A 19-7 loss, with the lone points coming in garbage time, with 3:22 remaining, albeit on a strong 12-play drive. 4 turnovers, 4 sacks, 13 QB hurries, and 4-of-11 on 3rd down. The turnovers hurt badly. Two were committed by QB Pennington (an INT and a fumble), joined by 2 fumbles by the usually reliable TE Fasano (who had zero previous fumbles in his 3 year career, and had 34 rec with 7 TDs last season).
The Falcons started 6 of 11 drives in Miami territory!!! The fact that they held Atlanta to 19 points was their biggest victory. (2 missed FGs and the clock running out also helped... the Falcons ended the game at the MIA 10.) The defense also held the great ATL running game to a 2.5 ypc average, and MIA had two sacks... but no turnovers, and gave up 6-of-15 on 3rd down conversions. Matt Ryan had a fine day (22-of-36, 229 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT, 98.0 QB rating).
Among the Dolphins, WR Davonne Bess had the best day, with 7 rec, 57 yds, and a MIA-longest play of 21 yds. Eight players caught a pass. The RBs were solid, 10-for-43 and 7-for-39, with each getting a 14 yd run. The return game was poor, with only 2 KR's getting 21 yds, and the best PR was 7 yds. Their kick coverage was also solid, though, never giving up more than 14 yds on a KR! (They did allow an 18 yd PR, though).
Matt Ryan is no Manning, but they will score more than 7 in their home opener. If they take care of the ball better, stop the run again, and find a return game, they may give themselves a chance against Indy. Otherwise, Indy's defense, return game, and new WR corps should have a confidence-builder for Week 2.