BROWNS NO MATCH FOR DOLPHINS DEFENSE
The Miami Dolphins opened the 2013 NFL season with a solid 23-10 victory on the road against the Cleveland Browns. While the running had one of the worst days in franchise history the passing game had a good day along with a dominate day by the defense.
The running game never got going as Daniel Thomas was the leading rusher with just 14 yards and the team had extremely poor 20 total rushing yards. While that is a concern going forward when the Dolphins face more talented competition, the team did just fine in other areas to mask the running game's problems.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill began his second season as the starter and had a solid day completing 63% of his passes for 272 yards, a touchdown and one interception. Tannehill's touchdown in the 3rd quarter, a 34 yard pass to Brian Hartline, gave the Dolphins the lead that they would never relinquish. Hartline had a monster day as he caught 9 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. Free agent wide receiver additions Brandon Gibson had 7 receptions for 77 yards and Mike Wallace had one reception for 15 yards.
While the passing game looked good, the defense stole the show as they picked off Brandon Weeden three times and sacked him six times. They also held Trent Richardson to just 47 yards rushing. Cameron Wake had 2.5 sacks and rookie Dion Jordan contributed his first career sack late in the 4th quarter.
The Dolphins open the season 1-0 and are tied for first place in the AFC East with the New England Patriots and New York Jets. The Dolphins will travel to Indianapolis next week to take on the 1-0 Colts.
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