Both the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins are playing in tough divisions, with the AFC North being strong all around and the AFC East lorded over by the New England Patriots. Both teams have failed to make any headway in those divisions over the first two weeks of the season, starting in an 0-2 hole.
One of them, barring an unlikely tie, will earn their first win in Week 3 when the Browns travel to take on the Dolphins on Sunday. The game will begin at 1 p.m. ET and will be broadcast on television via CBS. The only way to watch the game online in the United States is an online subscription to Sunday Ticket.
Cleveland was the opening week victim of the quarterback it spurned: Carson Wentz. After deeming him unworthy of drafting at No. 2 overall, the Browns were completely dominated by Wentz and the Eagles in Week 1. The Browns were considered a potential under-the-radar team this season thanks to the addition of head coach Hue Jackson and the potential revitalization of quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Griffin, unfortunately, sustained a long-term shoulder injury, and the Browns were forced to turn to Josh McCown. Despite strong play here and there from McCown in his career, expectations were immediately lowered -- and now they're plummeting. That's because McCown also injured his shoulder, and the Browns not only plan to start rookie Cody Kessler in Week 3, they've signed career backup Charlie Whitehurst.
Their opponents, the Dolphins, also came up short against a rival in Week 2. Despite falling in a 24-0 hole, the Dolphins looked competitive against the New England Patriots in a 31-24 loss. Jimmy Garoppolo shredded the Miami defense before he left with an injury, but after that the Dolphins were able to mount a comeback that came up just short. Now, combined with their 12-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1, the Dolphins are scrambling.
Ryan Tannehill has been the starting quarterback since the Dolphins used a first-round pick on him in 2012, but he hasn't quite developed into the franchise player the team wants. They gave him a lucrative contract extension a year ago, but he's starting to look like the best option by default rather than a guy the team feels comfortable building around.
In two games, Tannehill has completed 48 of 74 passes (64.9 percent) for 573 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also has a fumble on the year and hasn't provided enough of a threat in the passing game to assist the running game. Miami has just 134 total rushing yards in two games, with Tannehill leading the way with 52 yards and a touchdown.
For the fifth consecutive regular season game, the Browns will have a new starting quarterback on Sunday. Kessler, a third-round pick, seems far from ready to actually play, but the Browns have little choice in the matter. Kessler is the player they went with as opposed to taking Wentz at No. 2, though they did get plenty of future draft picks in the trade with the Eagles.
Below is all you need to know to watch Sunday's game.
How to Watch Browns vs. Dolphins on Sunday
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Fla.
Announcers: Spero Dedes, Solomon Wilcots
Online Streaming: Sunday Ticket