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.
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.
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Let's get ready for some football!
Cleveland 17, Miami 16, FINAL.