The Dolphins were able to take advantage of a second-half scoring surge on Sunday to beat the Browns in Cleveland. The Week 1 matchup featured several turnovers, sacks and late scoring caused by Miami and Cleveland could not keep up. The Miami defense suffocated Browns' quarterback Brandon Weedon with three interceptions and a handful of sacks.
With both teams staying pretty close for most of the game, the signs point to an overall positive for the Browns, even in a loss. The Dolphins signed several high-profile players and are expected to compete for the playoffs, so Cleveland sticking tight to Miami is a good sign for the up-and-coming team. The Dolphins can relish in the fact that most of their new toys delivered in their debuts, absent wide receiver Mike Wallace
Kevin Nogle of The Phinsider is happy about the win, but is seeking improvement from the Dolphins' offense:
The Dolphins don't come out of this game without some things to fix, especially with the offensive line needing to provide better protection to quarterback Ryan Tannehill and find a way to open up running lanes for Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas. Although, to be fair, the Browns have a very strong run defense, so it's not overly surprising that Miami struggled against it.
The important part of this game was simply coming away with the win. The Dolphins start this season with three of their first five games on the road, with the two home games against the Atlanta Falcons and the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. With that rough schedule to start, the team had to start it with a win today. They pulled that off.
Chris Pokorny of Dawgs By Nature was understandably disappoint by the Browns' performance:
The offensive line in general was terrible. Cameron Wake had 2.5 sacks and 6 quarterback hits going up against Mitchell Schwartz. The Dolphins had six sacks on the day and hit Brandon Weeden 16 times; he was under pressure for half of his snaps.
The third-down efficiency on both sides of the ball was atrocious. The Dolphins converted 8-of-16 third downs (50 percent), while Cleveland converted just 1-of-14 (7 percent) on third down.
The Browns will travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens in their Week 2 matchup, while the Dolphins will head to Indianapolis to take on the Colts.