Miami Dolphins vs. Cleveland Browns: Live Game Grades and Analysis for Miami

Thomas GaliciaContributor IISeptember 8, 2013

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 8: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Miami Dolphins looks for a pass during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at First Energy Stadium on September 8, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins will leave Cleveland with a 23-10 victory over the Browns. The Dolphins start the season 1-0 for the first time since 2010.

Check below for today's grades and analysis of the Dolphins victory.  

Game Analysis for the Miami Dolphins

Pass Offense: Dolphins fans, we have a quarterback. Tannehill delivered the fourth-quarter kill late in the game with a masterful drive that killed the clock and resulted in a touchdown drive in which he went 6-of-7 for 78 yards. Tannehill would finish his day going 24-of-38 for 272 yards, one touchdown and one interception with a passer rating of 82.3. 

Run Offense: Putrid. That's all I have to say about the Dolphins' run offense. However, they went against one of the best run defenses in the NFL. This will be the worst you will see the Dolphins running game play. 

Run Defense: Now, Miami's run defense had a challenge with the Browns, who have a potentially elite running back to go along with a great offensive line, but they passed the test with flying colors, holding the Browns to only 47 yards on 13 carries. 

Pass Defense: Three interceptions from the secondary (two by Dimitri Patterson, one by Nolan Carroll) and six sacks makes last year's main weakness look like a strength in 2013.  

Special Teams: I didn't like the Dolphins return game, but Brandon Fields was Brandon Fields, and Caleb Sturgis was perfect when called upon. 

Coaching: I'm going to get flak for this, but I didn't like the offensive play-calling, and I didn't like the lack of discipline. Did the Dolphins coaching staff do a good job? Good enough to beat the Browns, and good enough for it to be a decisive victory, but the discipline will have to improve this season for the Dolphins to make the playoffs. 

That's on the coaching staff. 




First-Half Analysis for the Miami Dolphins

 Pass Offense: Ryan Tannehill looked good to start the game, leading a great drive to get Miami its first score of the game. However, as the Browns brought the pressure, the Dolphins offensive line couldn't contain them. Tannehill would go 12-for-18 for 98 yards and an interception, with his pick being the result of a tipped pass. 

Run Offense: There's not much I could say about the Dolphins' running game that didn't end in a swear word. Blame the offensive line, though, which has been putrid on both run and pass blocking. 

Run Defense: Miami started off shaky defending the run, but got better as the game got going. After one half the Browns only have 33 yards on the ground. 

Pass Defense: Miami's pass defense is giving Cleveland some of the field, and the Browns are taking what they are given. However, you can't argue with three interceptions to start the game. 

Special Teams: Poor punt coverage gave Cleveland good field position in the second quarter, and Marcus Thigpen hasn't been able to be as explosive as he was last year. However, Sturgis has been money on his field goals and kickoffs.  

Coaching: If you don't have anything nice to say about the coaching, don't say it at all. I'll wait for the conclusion of this game to give my full opinion. Let's see what he has to say at halftime.