NFL Predictions Week 3: 4 Reasons the Browns Roll Over the Dolphins

Brian Belko@@BrianBelkoContributor IIISeptember 20, 2011

NFL Predictions Week 3: 4 Reasons the Browns Roll Over the Dolphins

0 of 4

    Coming off an impressive road victory against the Indianapolis Colts, the Cleveland Browns will look to keep it rolling when the Miami Dolphins come to town in Week 3.

    The Browns played well on both sides of the ball in Week 2, and more of the same is needed for the Browns to push their record to 2-1.

    Here are four reasons the Browns will beat the Miami Dolphins in Week 3 of the NFL season.


1 of 4

    The Cleveland Browns should be able to keep the Dolphins from scoring very often in Week 3. The Browns are currently the second ranked team in the NFL when it comes to passing yards allowed per game.

    That trend should continue as Miami QB Chad Henne is not the most accurate passer and the receivers he has to throw to are not very talented. Henne did throw for over 400 yards against the Patriots in Week 1, but he followed that up with 170 total yards against the Texans in Week 2.

    The Browns also looked much better against the run in Indianapolis. They held Colts' running backs to just over 100 yards rushing on the game and got great pressure on the QB even when they were not blitzing.

    The Browns should keep rolling on defense in Week 3 against the Dolphins.

Peyton Hillis

2 of 4

    Browns running back Peyton Hillis looked strong against the Colts in Week 2. He ran 27 times for 94 yards and two touchdowns and also caught four passes for 23 yards.

    Hillis is a huge part of the Browns' offense and should keep it going against the 22nd ranked run defense of the Miami Dolphins.

    The Dolphins are allowing 122 yards rushing per game so far this season and there is no reason to doubt that Hillis will come close to that number.

    As long as head coach Pat Shurmur keeps Hillis in during goal line stands, instead of switching to Montario Hardesty, Hillis should once again lead the Browns to victory against the Dolphins in Week 3.

Special Teams

3 of 4

    For the second consecutive week, Cleveland Browns kick returner and wide receiver Josh Cribbs proved himself invaluable to the team.

    Cribbs gave the Browns great field position against the Colts several times in Week 2. He had returns of 52 and 43 yards and was only stopped by the kicker on one of those returns. Despite the new NFL kick-off rules, Cribbs is as dynamic as ever on special teams.

    The Browns also had a much better day punting the ball as newcomer Brad Maynard replaced Richmond McGee. Maynard had several punts inside the 20 and was great on field goal and extra point holds.

    Special teams will be a big part of the game for the Browns against Miami in Week 3.


4 of 4

    After blowing a fourth quarter lead in Week 1 at home against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cleveland Browns will look to redeem themselves in Week 3.

    No team likes to lose on its home turf, especially when they have the lead late in a game. The Browns will come out with a vengeance against the Miami Dolphins and will fight hard to give fans a win at home.

    Cleveland Browns Stadium is one of the loudest places for opposing teams to play and the Miami Dolphins should have a tough time getting any momentum going in Week 3.