It was a Marcus Bontempelli masterclass as the Western Bulldogs belted a bipolar Gold Coast by 62 points to start a season with five wins on the bounce for the first time since 1946.
Under the roof at Marvel Stadium, the ladder-leading Bulldogs rag-dolled the Suns in the first half of Saturday's 17.18 (118) to 8.8 (56) victory.
Milestone man Bontempelli led from the front, gathering 33 possessions and kicking three goals in his 150th AFL game.
His best-a-field performance was supported by the midfield brigade of Josh Dunkley (37 possessions), Jack Macrae (35) and Bailey Dale (27) as the Dogs piled on 11 unanswered first-half goals.
"He was outstanding," coach Luke Beveridge said of his captain.
"I thought our number four and number five, Dunks ... was quite instrumental in helping us to get to where we were in that first half."
Danger signs were blaring early for the wounded Suns as Bontempelli slotted back-to-back goals to give his side a 23-point cushion at the first break.
Rookie debutant Jordon Sweet dominated in the ruck (32 hitouts), giving the Dogs' classy on-ballers first use and allowing first-choice ruckman Tim English to start forward.
Young forward Aaron Naughton (two goals, six marks) pulled down a giant pack mark and kicked truly to continue the clinic after quarter-time before English opened his account.
The Dogs' big forwards weren't the only ones to get in on the act, with Lachie Hunter dribbling through a low bouncing snap and Adam Treloar launching from outside 50 after showing a clean pair of heels through the middle.
To make matters worse, Oleg Markov - one of the Suns few shining lights of the first half - may come under match review scrutiny for a dump tackle on forward-turned-defender Dale.
The Suns were under siege when Lachlan McNeil, Dunkley and Treloar all snapped home to make it 11 unanswered goals in a first-half massacre.
Defender Jack Lukosius snuck forward to stop the rot a minute before halftime and help Gold Coast avoid their first scoreless opening half in club history.
"I pointed it was a career-defining half - and for the club as well - to respond," Dew said of his halftime address.
"It could have gone two ways and I'm sure at different periods late in the second quarter some people watching, some people at the ground would have thought 'here we go, this is 100-plus (points loss)'.
"We were determined not to let that happen."
Multiple goals to inclusion Josh Corbett (three), star forward Ben King (two) and livewire Izak Rankine drew the visitors to within 34 points, cracking the door slightly ajar for a historic comeback.
But Bontempelli steadied the ship just before the final change, snapping around his body from 40m to restore order.
"I was really pleased that our boys were able to stabilise the game again and come again with their juice in the last quarter," Beveridge said.
"It's a good result and a terrific start to the year."
The Dogs now travel to Canberra for a clash with fierce rivals Greater Western Sydney, while the one-win Suns return home to host Sydney.