Sunday, September 25, 2011
Wrap-up: Browns 17, Dolphins 16
By Jamison Hensley
Thoughts on the Cleveland Browns' 17-16 win against the Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns Stadium:
What it means: The Browns are 2-1 for the first time since 2002, and they did it in impressive style with a comeback victory. These are the types of wins that get a fan base buzzing. Now, they are assured of at least a share of the division lead three weeks into the season.
Thumbs up: Colt McCoy. The Browns quarterback didn't have a great game but he sure did have a great finish. He completed nine of 13 passes to account for all 80 yards on the Browns' final drive, including the game-winning 14-yard touchdown pass to a leaping Mohamed Massaquoi with 43 seconds remaining. The interesting part was that McCoy, who has made a name for himself recently with his rollouts, did it while standing in the pocket.
Thumbs down: The Browns' run defense. Cleveland gave up 95 yards to Daniel Thomas and failed to stop the rookie when he scored a touchdown off a short pass. Still, the Browns were able to consistently make Reggie Bush put the ball on the ground.
No Hillis: With Peyton Hillis out with an illness, backup running back Montario Hardesty contributed 67 yards on 14 carries.
What's next: The Browns remain at home where they'll face the Tennessee Titans. This is Cleveland's third home game in the first four weeks of the 2011 season.