Dolphins show strong early form

After a mediocre campaign in 2012, the Miami Dolphins have bolted out of the gate to an unblemished 3-0 record early on this season.

Granted, it is only Week Four, but their victories over the Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts should give them a degree of added respect.

The Cayman Islands is a staunch stronghold for Dolphins fans and many locals are pleased with the team’s early season form. In particular, residents are undoubtedly smiling about quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

The basic statistics don’t show the whole picture: four touchdowns, two interceptions and 827 passing yards are not spectacular numbers.

What has been impressive, however, has been Tannehill’s ability to lead the Dolphins to tough victories in spite of being pressured and sacked at least four times each game.

Tannehill will be in the spotlight again on Monday against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, also unbeaten at 3-0, at 7:40 p.m. on ESPN.

Miami looks to have the fortitude to shock pundits with talents like Mike Wallace on the squad, but the Saints offense may prove too much for the Dolphins secondary in a 14-point victory.

One of the more interesting games on Sunday should be between the 3-0 Denver Broncos and the 1-2 Philadelphia Eagles at 3:25 p.m. on Fox.

Denver has been rolling with Peyton Manning in elite form. On the other hand, the Eagles have the potential to be good with Chip Kelly’s quirky offense breathing new life into the birds and quarterback Michael Vick.

It would be a major upset if Philly won, but their schemes bode well in a shoot out and the Broncos should sweat a 10-point victory.

Thursday night’s contest between the 1-2 San Francisco 49ers and the 1-2 St. Louis Rams also offers some intrigue. The 49ers are desperate to be an offensive dynamo again with Colin Kaepernick, while Sam Bradford wants to turn heads with the Rams. The Niners are the better team and should win by nine points.