The best news for both the Dolphins and Falcons is that the starting offenses emerged from the first quarter of the first preseason game with no apparent injuries. The second-best news is that both starting offenses scored touchdowns on their opening drives.
The Dolphins, with third-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill running coordinator Bill Lazor’s new offense, led the Dolphins 73 yards in 10 plays. Tannehill completed six of six passes for 62 yards, and a six-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Gibson.
For Atlanta, Matt Ryan completed all seven attempts in leading the Falcons on a 15-play, 77-yard march. Running back Jacquizz Rodgers capped the drive with a two-yard score.
Both Tannehill and Ryan exited after one series.
Receiver Julio Jones and running back Steven Jackson aren’t playing for the Falcons, as expected.