The Cleveland Browns are on a roll – offensively, that is. They scored on three of their first four possessions then hung on for a 41-31 victory over the visiting Miami Dolphins Sunday; the loss is the Dolphins’ 9th consecutive setback which is a team record. The Browns will now enter their bye week with the golden opportunity in 2 weeks to face the St. Louis Rams and possibly go over .500 while the Dolphins are searching for their first win and try to salvage their season.
As was expected, defense wasn’t really a factor in this game. Four Browns scores – a 1-yard TD run by Browns running back Jason Wright, a 1-yard TD run by quarterback Derek Anderson, a 40-yard field goal by kicker Phil Dawson and a TD pass from Anderson to wide receiver Braylon Edwards, one of 3 TD catches Edwards would have this game, would make the score 24-3 Cleveland. But the Dolphins would briefly rally, however. Dolphins QB Cleo Lemon hit tight end David Martin with a 14-yard TD pass then scored on 2 TD runs to narrow the gap to 27-24. Anderson would later find Edwards again in the end zone with a 5-yard TD pass which would give the Browns breathing room and ultimately the victory.
The Dolphins’ Lemon acquitted himself fairly well, going 24-of-43 for 256 yards with 2 TD’s and 2 INT’s; he also ran for 2 scores. RB Ronnie Brown added 19 carries for 101 yards, along with 9 catches for 69 yards. Brown’s 101 yards made him only the 2nd Dolphins RB to rush for 100+ yards for 4 consecutive games. The Browns were led by Anderson’s 18-of-25 passing for 245 yards with 3 TD’s; he also ran for a TD, as well. As previously mentioned, Edwards caught 3 TD passes; he contributed 5 catches for 67 yards. TE Kellen Winslow chipped in 5 receptions for 90 yards. The winless Dolphins (0-6) fly back home to face the undefeated New England Patriots next Sunday while the Browns (3-3) have a bye week.