Patterson in good spirits: Dolphins starting cornerback Dimitri Patterson (groin) didn’t finish the game and was getting evaluated in the training room. But Patterson told me at his locker that he was taken out as a precautionary measure. Patterson, who had two interceptions Sunday, said he’s optimistic about playing next week against the Indianapolis Colts.
Rough day for Pounceys: It was a somber postgame for Dolphins starting center Mike Pouncey. Miami got a big win, but he was not in a celebratory mood after just getting word that his twin brother -- Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey -- suffered ACL and MCL injuries that will require surgery. "They told me as I was walking off the field," Mike Pouncey said. "It will be tough, man. But he will be all right. He will come back strong."
Defensive line all smiles: Miami’s defensive line was probably the loosest group after the game. Dolphins starting defensive tackle Jared Odrick even grabbed a local television station’s microphone and did an interview with Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake. It was all smiles for the defense after registering six sacks.
Ross in attendance: Dolphins owner Stephen Ross traveled to Cleveland to attend Sunday's game. He witnessed his team get its first win in an opener since 2010.