With the Miami Dolphins making plenty of moves over the offseason to improve the roster, the spotlight was firmly on the team, with viewers across the country eager to find out whether they could translate that success on the field. Lets check out that game, as well as the other games from across the AFC East.
Pittsburgh Steelers 21 - 28 New England Patriots
In the season opener Tom Brady returned to the fold after his 4 game ban was overturned, leading the New England Patriots to an important win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brady threw 4 touchdowns on the night to his tight ends, 3 of which found a way into Rob Gronkowski's hands. Brady finished the night with 288 yards on 25 of 32 completions. The veteran quarterback also set a franchise record with 19 consecutive completions.
The Steelers made it a tight finish with a late touchdown, but they were never in a position to tie up the game. Hot start for the Patriots.
Miami Dolphins 17 - 10 Washington Redskins
The Miami Dolphins came from behind to kick off their campaign with a winning start over the Washington Redskins. Early in the game DeSean Jackson left the field with a hamstring injury, a loss that restricted Washington's gameplan.
Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill finished the game with 224 yards and a touchdown, but it was Jarvis Landry that made the play of the game with a superb 69 yard punt return that went for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, to give the Dolphins the lead for the first time. There was also a scare in the game when Dion Sims banged his head on the field when diving for a catch from Ryan Tannehill in the end zone. After a few minutes Sims managed to get back on his feet, but left for the locker room and did not return to the field.
A win is a win for Miami, but there's still much the team needs to work on.
Indianapolis Colts 14 - 27 Buffalo Bills
Buffalo managed to carve out a huge win against the Indianapolis Colts, courtesy of three touchdowns from Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Taylor finished the game with 14 passes of 19 for 195 yards. The best play of the game was a 51-yard touchdown to Percy Harvin for the first touchdown of the game.
The Bills were up 24-0 in the third quarter, proving far too much for Andrew Luck and his team, who have designs on going deep into the playoffs this season. Luck, himself, finished with 243 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
Cleveland Browns 10 - 31 New York Jets
Former Dolphins assistant head coach, Todd Bowles, led the New York Jets to victory over the Cleveland Browns in his head coaching debut. Ryan Fitzpatrick made two touchdown passes, while Chris Ivory scored two touchdowns on the ground.
It was a rough night the Browns, who gave away five interceptions - 4 from Josh McGown and 1 from Jonny Manziel. Manziel ended the night with 182 yards through the air, including 54-yard touchdown to Travis Benjamin.
In what was a pivotal moment in the game, and what may possibly be the most unusual play from over the weekend, Brandon Marshall saw his quarterback throw an interception before ripping the ball back off the defender for a gain. A few plays later, the Jets scored a touchdown to tie up the game, before cruising to victory. Good start for the Jets.
Alex Parish is an Associate Editor at The Phinsider. Be sure to follow me on Twitter@AlexParish89.