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Cleveland hasn't won its first home game since 2004. Guess what? The Browns haven't changed.
While the Dolphins did not look like juggernauts on offense, the defense took control of this contest in Miami and helped them to a 23-10 win in Sun Life Stadium.
According to the game headquarters on ESPN.com, “Daniel Thomas had a 1-yard scoring plunge with 6:48 left, putting the Dolphins up by 10, and Miami then handed it over to a defense that recorded six sacks and pummeled quarterback Brandon Weeden from start to finish. Defensive end Cameron Wake had 2½ sacks and Dimitri Patterson had two of the Dolphins' three interceptions.”
Miami had been underwhelming all preseason, but turned on the defensive magic when it needed, to turn Cleveland away.
Brandon Weeden is a pro quarterback
Last year, the NFL’s first round of the draft yielded Andrew Luck, RGIII and Ryan Tannehill. It also Brandon Weeden with the 22nd pick by the Browns. Of the four, Weeden remained the question mark heading into the 2013. All he did on Sunday was give us a bit of a taste of what he can do.
Weeden threw for 289 yards and a touchdown. While the three interceptions hurt the team, there is hope and promise for the Browns’ passing game. Jordan Cameron caught nine passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in the game.
Defense reigns supreme
Dolphins rookie DE Dion Jordan picked up his first sack of his career. It was also his only tackle of the game. Cameron Wake had his 10th career multi-sack game of his career. Right now he has 43 sacks entering this season, which remains the most of any Dolphins player in his first four seasons.
Tannehill tough under pressure
Tannehill took another step toward being the elite passer the team needs him to be. He threw for 272 yards and one score, to Brian Hartine.
Hartine had nine catches for 114 yards on the day. Brandon Gordon caught seven passes for 77 yards one the game.
Trent Richardson stymied
It’s supposed to be a huge year for Richardson following a season last year of learning and injuries. Richardson ran for a whopping 47 yards on the day, but not many teams will be able to run on the Dolphins front seven all year.
Wallace upset over fitting in with offense
The person who did not seem to get a lot of play Sunday was Mike Wallace of the Dolphins.
Wallace was brought in to be the lead receiver in this offense, but was nonexistent in the passing game this season.
The ESPN stats and game review stated, “Tannehill opened the drive (to make the score 20-10) with completions of 24 yards to Gordon and 16 to Hartline. Tannehill moved the Dolphins down the field without once hooking up with Wallace, who had just one catch for 15 yards and didn't want to discuss his performance with reporters afterward.
"Ask coach," said Wallace, who signed a five-year, $60 million deal with the Dolphins in March after four seasons with Pittsburgh.