Tucker: Are Dolphins a real threat in AFC?

Tucker: Are Dolphins a real threat in AFC?
September 17, 2013, 9:45 pm
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The Patriots aren't the only team sitting at 2-0 in the AFC East. They're joined by the Dolphins.

So is this just a hot start before an inevitable fade for the Dolphons? NBC's Ross Tucker joined Kyle Draper on SportsNet Central, where Draper asked him if he thinks the Dolphins are for real.

"Absolutely. That's because both of their wins have been on the road," Tucker said. "They're the only team in the NFL right now that has two road wins."

The Dolphins beat the Browns in Week 1, and the Colts in Week 2 - no easy thing to do by any means.

"The defense has been dominant, but the greatest thing the dolphins have going for them right now is that Ryan Tannehill has clearly taken the next step in Year 2" Tucker said.

The Patriots will get a crack at the Dolphins soon, but have since beat the other two teams in the AFC East, the Bills and Jets.

So, which rookie QB that the Patriots have seen has had the better start to their career?

Ej Manuel. I think both [games]," Tucker said. "In fairness he's played a couple of home games, but both games EJ has given his team a chance to win. Against the Patriots he scored the points necessary, he just left too much time for Tom Brady and Danny Amendola to go the other way and get the game-winning field goal. He didn't make the same mistake against the Carolina Panthers, sealing the deal with a touchdown pass to Stevie Johnson."

Manuel has thrown for 446 passing yards, three touchdowns, and two interceptions over the first two games of the season.