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

Garrett BakerSenior Analyst ISeptember 8, 2013

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 8: Line backer Philip Wheeler #52 and cornerback Brent Grimes #21 of the Miami Dolphins watch as tight end Jordan Cameron #84 of the Cleveland Browns catches a touchdown reception during the first half at First Energy Stadium on September 8, 2013 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns and quarterback Brandon Weeden played hard today, but were overwhelmed by the Miami Dolphins defense and suffered a loss in the first game of 2013.


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Final game analysis for Cleveland:


Pass offense: Other than a few flashes from Jordan Cameron and Davone Bess, the passing game looked lost and did not threaten much. The absence of Josh Gordon was definitely felt.

Run offense: Trent Richardson and the offensive line had a pretty average day. He didn't really get any holes and couldn't break any long runs.

Pass defense: The Browns secondary looked good at times, poor at others. They didn't make enough plays to make a significant impact and got picked apart by Ryan Tannehill on a couple of drives.

Run defense: The run defense was the shining spot of the game for the Browns. They absolutely shut down Lamar Miller and dominated Miami's interior offensive line all game.

Special teams: Nothing particularly interesting here, but Billy Cundiff did make his only kick. Bobby Rainey and Travis Benjamin also looked good in their return roles.

Coaching: Penalties hurt the Browns offense, and it seemed like they could never really get out of their own way. Offensive coordinator Norv Turner needs to figure out a way to spread the field and get more consistent chances in the future. 


First-half analysis for Cleveland:


Pass offense: Brandon Weeden and Jordan Cameron looked like they were in sync, but Weeden's three interceptions killed their momentum.

Run offense: Trent Richardson got his chances, but could not really make anything happen. There were a couple of decent runs, but nothing of real impact. 

Pass defense: Joe Haden has blanketed Mike Wallace so far, but Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson have been running wild over the middle of the field.

Run defense: The defensive line and linebackers have absolutely suffocated Miami's running attack and have been the best positional groups of the game thus far.

Special Teams: Nothing of real consequence here, other than Travis Benjamin looking solid as the team's primary punt returner.

Coaching: A few costly offensive penalties, along with the three interceptions, kept points off the board. Not a whole lot the coaches can do there but try to get things rolling in the second half.