Though these teams don’t meet very often, they did play three seasons ago in 2013. That year the Ryan Tannehill lead Dolphins went on the road to Cleveland, and brought home a 23-10 victory. However, before that game the Browns held a 4 game winning streak against Miami which including a 2010 victory over the Dolphins, here in Miami.
This series actually started in 1970, during Don Shula’s first season as coach of the Dolphins. Although the Dolphins would go on to win their Division with a 10-4 record, the Browns whipped Miami 28-0 at the Orange Bowl.
However, 2 years later back at the Orange Bowl in the Divisional round of the 1972 playoffs, the Dolphins got their revenge. Miami beat the Browns 20-14, knocking Cleveland out of the playoffs while advancing their record to 15-0 during the Perfect Season.
The Dolphins and Browns met only 3 more times in the decade of the 1970’s. All were regular season games, but Cleveland beat Miami in 2 of the 3 games played.
There was a 6 season lull after that and Miami didn’t face Cleveland again until January of 1986. But this wasn’t just another regular season game; this was the Divisional round of the 1985 playoffs. In another exciting, close game, the Dolphins pulled out a 24-21 win, advancing to the AFC Championship round.
After that game Miami only played the Browns 6 more times between the mid 1980’s and through the decade of the 1990’s. The Browns beat the Dolphins during the 1986 regular season but Miami won the next 5 games in a row against Cleveland, between 1988 and 1993.
After an 11 year lull and into the new Millennium, the Dolphins and Browns met again in 2004. That year Miami pulled out a 10-7 home victory, extending the aforementioned winning streak to 6 straight games over the Browns. But Cleveland started their own winning streak in 2005 beating Miami in 4 straight games, until 2013 when the Dolphins ended that streak with a 23-10 victory at Cleveland.
At home Miami owns a 5-2 record against Cleveland, including 2-0 in playoff games. On the road Cleveland leads 6-5.
So there is good news for Miami fans. If history repeats itself, the Dolphins have a good chance of picking up their first victory of 2016 season at home on Sunday…