Dolphins vs. Browns: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis

Thomas Galicia@thomasgaliciaContributor IISeptember 25, 2011

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 25:  Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi #11 of the Cleveland Browns catches a touchdown pass over cornerback Jimmy Wilson #27 of the Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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Week 3 in the NFL is usually the first week that terms like "must-win" are thrown around. 

Some lip service to the term might be paid going into Week 2, sometimes it might even be mentioned about a season opening game, but it truly has meaning when a team is 0-2 going into Week 3. 

For the Cleveland Browns this game isn't anywhere near must-win. Everyone in the AFC North stands at 1-1, and even though every other AFC North team has a game that they should win on their schedule today—Bengals host the 49ers, Baltimore travels to St. Louis and the Steelers take on the weak Manning-less Colts—it wouldn't exactly kill the Browns if they lost to the Dolphins at home. 

At 0-2, with both losses coming at home, the Dolphins are in a state of flux. Currently they're the only team in the AFC East to not record a win. 

This has lead to rumors that Sparano's job might be in jeopardy. After today's game, the Dolphins will travel to San Diego then after the bye week they have a Monday Night game against the Jets.

I predicted that Sparano would be out of a job come October 18th, the day after the Jets game, but a loss today could make it sooner than that. Not this week, but possibly next week going into the bye week. 

For Miami, this is a must-win. Will the Dolphins use it as motivation and step up in the Dogg Pound? 

Or will the Browns, looking for their first 2-1 start since 2002, take a possible bite out of the Phins? 





We'll find out this afternoon. 

Look here for updates throughout this game, as well as important facts, tidbits and my personal nitpicks. 

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Let's get ready for some football!

Cleveland 17, Miami 16, FINAL.