On Sunday, the Miami Dolphins went into Cleveland , handled their business , and won the game. Though the entire game did not go smoothly, the Dolphins made a 2nd half push that led them to a 23-10 victory.
The first half was a great half for the defense. The Dolphins’ defense forced Brandon Weeden to throw not one, not two, but THREE interceptions in the first half. Even with the three turnovers, Miami was unable to capitalize. By the end of the first half, the Dolphins only came away with 6 points. If they want to be a contender , they must learn to capitalize on turnovers. The better Miami is at turning turnovers into points, the better chance they have of winning games. The first half ended with the Browns up 7-6, after a late touchdown pass.
In the 3rd quarter , Miami got off to what would have been a quick start with a punt return for a touchdown; unfortunately, that was called back. Miami bounced back from that. In that same quarter, Ryan Tannehill threw an over the top pass to Brian Hartline for a 34-yard touchdown. The Browns kept it close, scoring a field goal late in the 3rd.
The 4th quarter was the defining quarter for the Dolphins. The Dolphins pulled away after they scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown by Daniel Thomas . Before the game ended, the Dolphins were able to tack on another field goal. The team scored 17 points in the 2nd half.
Ryan Tannehill looked impressive, throwing for 272 yards and 1 touchdown. His most frequent target was Hartline, who caught 9 balls for 114 yards and 1 touchdown. The running game was shut down , partially because the Browns have a very good run defense. Both Miller and Thomas combined for 20 yards, although Thomas did score. The other part was the simple fact that both running backs had no running lanes. It seemed like every time Miami ran, the ball carrier had little room to do much of anything.
The Dolphins’ defense played lights out, only allowing one touchdown to be scored throughout the game. Granted, the Dolphins did play a team who doesn’t have the greatest offense this year, but the defense is clearly starting the season on the right track.
The Dolphins did what they were capable of against the Browns, showing flashes of what is to come this upcoming week.