Detroit, MI - The anticipation for week 1 of the 2016 season was almost unbearable as the Miami Dolphins were excited to hit the field with their "new look" offense. The replacement of offensive coordinator Jack Mieoff with Buck "Boom Boom" Rogers in the off-season led to a new playbook, new personnel, and a more balanced attack. Although the score wouldn't reflect a dynamic change in the offense, the functionality of the offense was as intended as the Dolphins focused on clock management and ball control; two key ingredients they had been lacking in seasons past. The entire first half was a defensive battle as each offense played conservatively managing the clock and jockeying for field position. There were no turnovers and a half dozen punts between the Lions and the Dolphins as each offense struggled once they reached mid-field. The Dolphins would finally put some points on the board with :20 remaining in the first half as Andy Dalton hit receiver Deonte Young on a 27 yard streak to the end zone against a pressing zone defense. The successful extra point which ensued gave the Dolphins a 7-0 lead going into the locker room. The second half was more of the same. The Lions received the kickoff only to go three-and-out as Andrew Chandler was stuffed on third-and-one off-tackle run. The Dolphins were able to gain more ground throughout the third quarter as the Lions defense started showing signs of fatigue. Dan Carpenter was successful booting FG's from 48 and 49 yards out which gave the Dolphins a 13-0 lead going into the fourth quarter. In attempt to overcome the deficit, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford started to press and gave up an interception to Dolphins safety Tavarius Jones; a key turnover which prevented the Lions from reaching the end zone. Carpenter would put three more points on the board and give the Dolphins a 16-0 lead in the fourth; which resulted in the final score. Although the Dolphins showed signs of rust, they have a promising season ahead of them if they can improve with their experience. It was a good game, AveryB, as you were in this one throughout. Good luck on your season! Of note: Rookie receiver and 2nd overall draft pick, Benjamin Mims, was injured in the second quarter following a helmet-to-helmet hit from Alphonso Smith (no call). Mims will miss four weeks with a broken jaw. Following the game he commented regarding the injury, "Mith ith gna pay!"