Wrap-up: Browns 17, Dolphins 16

September, 25, 2011
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Let's take a look at the Miami Dolphins' 17-16 loss to the Cleveland Browns.

What it means: The pressure is on the Dolphins organization as this was a must-win game for Miami. They are now 0-3 and this abysmal start could signal the beginning of a lot of changes. Expect there to be plenty of speculation on the job status of Miami head coach Tony Sparano. He went into the season with questions and hasn't won a game in the month of September. Two losses at home and a road loss against Cleveland doesn't help his standing.

What I didn't like: The Dolphins controlled most of the game. But red zone woes kept the Browns in it -- and that eventually cost Miami. The Dolphins scored one touchdown in three trips to the red zone. On the other two trips, Miami settled for a field goal and running back Reggie Bush fumbled. Red zone issues have been a season-long trend for Miami thus far and a major reason the Dolphins remain winless.

What I liked: Dolphins rookie running back Daniel Thomas played well for the second straight week. Thomas churned out 95 rushing yards on 23 carries. Despite being a rookie, he's been a consistent force the past two weeks. Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline also played well (four catches, 87 yards) in his homecoming. Hartline is from Canton, Ohio.

What's next: The Dolphins have a tough road game next week against the San Diego Chargers. The Dolphins will be sizable underdogs in that game. Another loss will only fuel more talk of Sparano being on the hot seat.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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