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Chad Henne was the sixth-best QB in Week 3.
It was another tough Sunday for the Heat's bench mob as the Dolphins fell to 0-3, losing in exciting fashion to the Cleveland Browns.
Colt McCoy’s touchdown pass to Mohamed Massaquoi with 48 seconds left made the Browns’ 17-16 win at home over the Miami Dolphins the most exciting game of the weekend, according to the Excitement Index at the Advanced NFL Stats blog.
If it wasn’t for that play, McCoy would have gone down as the goat in a loss instead of a hero in the win.
McCoy was badly outplayed by Dolphins QB Chad Henne, whose 4.1 QB Score per Play from 294 total yards on 37 plays ranked sixth in the NFL for Week 3.
The Browns defense kept them in the game by holding the Dolphins rushers to the seventh-worst production of any running back committee in the league on Sunday. Rookie RB Daniel Thomas was slightly below average with 122 yards on 26 touches in Cleveland after a solid performance in Week 2, but Reggie Bush was the real problem.
Bush only gained 36 yards on 12 touches and put the ball on the ground for the Browns to recover. He ranked 91st out of 93 running backs in Week 3.
McCoy was half-man, half-terrible against the Dolphins with a QB Score per Play of 1.3 that was only half the production of an average QB on Sunday. The tide changed for McCoy and the Browns when he completed a short pass to RB Montario Hardesty on fourth down that went for a 10-yard gain.
Before that play, the Dolphins’ probability of winning the game was at 99 percent. Hardesty’s fourth down conversion dropped it to 64 percent. Hardesty kept the Browns in the game with 86 yards on 17 touches and an above average RB Score of 35.
It will be another tough week for Udonis Haslem, James Jones and Eddie House. The Dolphins visit the San Diego Chargers on Sunday and Henne (who ranks 9th in QB Score per Play for the season) should be able to move the ball against a Chargers defense ranked 24th against the pass.
The problem, however, is the Dolphins defense was shredded by Tom Brady and Matt Schaub in the first two weeks. Philip Rivers only ranks 23rd in QB Score this season but he could get his mojo back against the Dolphins' 30th-ranked pass defense.