The Dolphins continue to look for their first win of 2011 and avoid an 0-3 start when they visit the Browns (1-1) in Cleveland on Sunday. While the Fins have gotten off to an 0-2 start at home, they look to continue their success away from South Florida after going 6-2 on the road last season.
Like the Fins, the Browns have struggled a bit at home and have also struggled to score points. Prior to last week’s 27-19 win at Indianapolis, the Browns had averaged just 12 points per game in their previous six, dating back to last year.
Since this version of the Browns came into the league as an expansion franchise in 1999, the Dolphins are winless in Cleveland and have not won on the banks of Lake Erie since 1993. These two teams met up in Week 13 last season, with the Browns picking up a 13-10 win at Sun Life Stadium. Chad Henne threw three interceptions, including a late one that set up a game-winning field goal for Phil Dawson with four seconds left in the game.
As for this year, the Dolphins will be without CB Vontae Davis (hamstring) and several other key players on both sides are listed on the official injury report.
As mentioned, the Dolphins have had good success on the road under Tony Sparano. In fact, Miami is 15-9 away from home in the past three years (for a comparison, the Patriots are 15-10) and some of the most thrilling wins of the recent past have taken place on the road. Which was your favorite? Check out which games our analysts chose as their picks and then vote in the poll below.
Meanwhile, there are obviously several things the Dolphins need to improve upon from the previous two weeks and for a breakdown of those, check out John Congemi’s Keys to the Game.
Finally, here’s a video breakdown of the game, as Sam Madison and I fill you in on some of the more critical points of this Week 3 match-up:
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