Cleveland Browns vs. Miami Dolphins: Halftime Notes

Chuck StanecContributor IIISeptember 25, 2011

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Starting quarterback  Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins warms up prior to the game against the Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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If I'm the Cleveland Browns, I'm thrilled that this is a three point game.

However, Miami should be angered by the scoreboard.  The Dolphins have dominated on both sides of the ball, keeping the Browns offense and quarterback Colt McCoy completely out of sync.   Dan Carpenter missing a 51-yard field goal attempt has been the one great miscue of the day.

Chad Henne has seen some pressure, but has been a very accurate 15-19 and a score.  Reggie Bush had a fumble that did not result in any points for the opposition and Daniel Thomas has been effective on the ground.

The Browns defense is playing with a lot of energy.  First year player Dimitri Patterson is making big tackles and the line is getting to Chad Henne.  Joe Haden has done a fantastic job of limiting Brandon Marshall to two catches for 19 yards and has been on him like a blanket.

The biggest disappointment—aside from the absence of Peyton Hillis—has been the offensive line.  Colt McCoy started 2 of 9 with a pick, but settled some in the second quarter.  He has been under duress the entire half.  Montario Hardesty has had some nice moments.  Outside of the tight ends, Josh Cribbs is the only Browns receiver with a catch.

Keys to Miami Victory

Miami needs to keep the Cleveland defense on its heels with a good mix of run and pass.

Keep Chad Henne upright.

Continue to hammer the right side of the Browns offensive line until they prove that the rotation of Artis Hicks and Oniel Cousins can make blocks.

Keys to Cleveland Victory

Run to set up the pass and get play makers the ball.

Give Colt McCoy time to throw the ball from the pocket.

Defense needs to get off the field on 3rd down.