Greg M. Cooper

Dolphins Browns Defensive Preview

Staff Writer Jake Whitehead takes a lot at Miami's defense and special teams for this week's game against the Cleveland Browns'.

After failing to complete their attempt at a 4th quarter comeback last week against the rival New England Patriots, the Miami Dolphins head back to Miami for their first home game of the season against the Cleveland Browns while also looking for their first win of the season this Sunday at 12 CST.

This should be a very winnable game for the Dolphins considering that not only are they home, but they’re also going against a vulnerable Browns team who will be without both their starting QB's heading into this game and will rely on rookie Cody Kessler to take the reins.

If the Dolphins get the likely win they’ll improve to a 1-2 record, should they lose this game it will be their third loss in a row and would drop their record to 0-3.

The Dolphins need to not only win this game, but they need their defense to wake up and put in a strong showing in order to build confidence for the Dolphins next game which will be against the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football.

All things considered, my prediction for this game is the same as in my predictions article Dolphins get the win 38-3 and the defense finally pull itself together nearly shutting out the Browns offense.

As far as defensive injuries no one new has been adding to the injury report thus far for the Dolphins who so far look like they will have a completely healthy defense heading back to Miami.

It’s hard to tell exactly what direction the Dolphins plan on taking their return game in since they only had one kick return against the Patriots which was returned by Kenyan Drake for 15 yards. Perhaps they plan to switch out returners in order to keep them fresh for potential late game return touchdowns, only time will tell.

This will be the Dolphins first regular-season game in their new stadium and it looks like it will be their first win as well, and maybe just maybe this win will give the Dolphins that confidence boost they’ve been needing as they continue to try and prove the critics wrong and make the postseason this year.

FINS UP!!    


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