Browns drop opener, again, 23-10 to the Dolphins
BY RAY ROBINSON | 9/9/2013, 12:20 p.m.
The new-era Cleveland Browns came away with a few bumps, lumps and bruises after dropping a very winable game to the Miami Dolphins 23-10 on Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy stadium.
Brandon Weeden had a hard days night as he was constantly hurried, harassed and hit throughout the entire contest. He had thrown three interceptions before the Browns even had an opportunity to put a single point on the board. And that moment didn’t happen until there were just :28 seconds left in the first half.
With the Dolphins picking off two of Weeden’s passes in the first quarter and yet another in the second, the Browns still went into the locker room ahead of the Dolphins at halftime 7-6.
There were plenty of other opportunities missed by the Browns as both Greg Little and Travis Benjamin dropped several passes that hit them right on the numbers. In fact, two of Weeden’s picks were the result of Browns receivers missing the catch and then tipping it into the air for the interception. That fact never shows up in the stats and the quarterback takes a lashing from the fans and his numbers suffer. He was also sacked six times. And he had to throw the ball 53 times in the loss.
Browns defensive coordinator, Ray Horton’s zone blitz defense was red-hot up until the fourth quarter when they finally ran out of gas. They stayed in the backfield as their looks kept the Dolphins confused and unsure of who to pick up, allowing the Browns to put pressure on Miami quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, making him rush his passes.
Silly penalties also kept the Browns down on the ground and struggling to gain their focus. Browns offensive guard, Oniel Cousins committed four penalties himself, one of which got a touchdown taken off of the books.
“It’s tough to look at a game that you lost and believe that you did some things well,” Weeden offered after the loss. He finished the night going 26-53 for 289 yards with 3 interceptions and a touchdown.
Tannehill was just a tad bit better as he went 24-38 for 272 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
The Dolphins running game was completely shut down as they netted a mere 20 yards on the ground on 23 carries. Their longest run was a five yarder by LaMar Miller. Their multi-million dollar receiver, Mike Wallace was as quiet as a field mouse as his only reception was for 15 yards. Miller recently inked a deal with Miami that was for five years and $60 million. After the game he refused to speak with reporters about his lack of receptions.
Luckily, all of the teams in the AFC Central lost and the Browns are tied for first place in the division. The loss gives the Browns their 14th opening day loss since their return in 1999.
They travel to Baltimore to play the Baltimore Ravens on next Sunday at 1:00pm.