Sunday, December 5, 2010
Wrap-up: Browns 13, Dolphins 10
By James Walker
Here are some thoughts on the Cleveland Browns' 13-10 victory against the Miami Dolphins:
What it means: In what was an ugly game, Cleveland showed growth by winning its second in a row, improving to 5-7. The Browns won just five games last season, and they have a good chance to improve on that record and try to finish at or near .500 in the final month of the season.
What I liked: Cleveland's defense was opportunistic and took advantage of an awful day by Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne. The Browns intercepted Henne three times, including a late pick in the final minute by defensive back Mike Adams, setting up Phil Dawson's game-winning field goal. Tight end Ben Watson also led the Browns with 10 catches for 100 yards and a touchdown.
What I didn't like: Cleveland's offense sputtered most of the game and had just 12 first downs. Browns quarterback Jake Delhomme (217 yards, one touchdown) played better this week, but he nearly threw an interception late in the fourth quarter that could have set up a win for the Dolphins. Miami also stuffed Cleveland running back Peyton Hillis, who gained just 57 yards on 18 carries.
What's next: The Browns have two winnable games coming up on the road against the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals. A pair of wins here would get Cleveland back to .500, before the team completes its 2010 season against the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.