So far in the first half, the Browns offense has struggled mightily without their All-Star RB, Peyton Hillis, starting with their first drive of the game.
Colt McCoy was picked off by Dolphins rookie, Jimmy Wilson. The interception led to Miami’s first touchdown of the game when Chad Henne found rookie tailback, Daniel Thomas, on a screen play from 10 yards out, giving the Dolphins a 7-0 lead just after their first possession of the game.
On Cleveland’s second possession of the game, McCoy missed a streaking Joshua Cribbs, who was wide-open down the middle of the field. With Cribbs’ speed, it’s almost certain he would’ve scored to tie the game at 7 all.
Henne started the Dolphins second drive by completing his 6th consecutive pass, which later led to Thomas converting a 4th and 1 to continue the Miami drive. However, veteran Reggie Bush, fumbled the ball when Browns DE, Jayme Mitchell, forced the ball to come out. D’Qwell Jackson recovered the ball for the Browns D. The turnover couldn’t have come at a better time for the defense, as the Dolphins were once again prepared to score.
Cleveland was forced to punt, however, after the drive stalled when Cribbs dropped a McCoy pass for what would’ve been a 1st Down on 3rd and 8. Maynard’s punt gave the Miami offense a 1st and 10 from around their own 30-yard line. Cleveland’s defense finally decided to make an appearance in the Miami backfield, when OLB, Chris Gocong, and DE, Jayme Mitchell, met Henne in the backfield for the sack.
Cleveland’s Dimitri Patterson was able to stop Devon Bess short of the 1st Down on 3rd & 14 to go, forcing Miami into their first field goal try. Miami’s Dan Carpenter missed the attempt, setting-up excellent field position for the Browns offense.
After a Joe Thomas false start set the offense back 5 yards, McCoy found TE, Ben Watson, later in the drive for a 12-yard gain and a Cleveland 1st Down.
McCoy then managed a “Favre-like” shuffle-pass to Montario Hardesty (who started in place for the ill Hillis) for another 1st Down. Cribbs then made a marvelous catch in the end-zone from 33-yards out on a pass from McCoy, finally tying the game at 7.
Miami’s offense was able to move the ball once again on their final drive before the half, which ultimately led to a 23-yard field goal from Dan Carpenter. The Dolphins lead at the half, 10-7.
The Browns receive the ball to start the second half, let’s hope the offense finally gets it together. The Dolphins are not very good on defense, especially in the secondary.
Half Time Stats
Cleveland – 5 FD, 2-6 on 3rd Down, 23 Total Plays, 99 Total Yards, 73 Passing Yards, 26 Rushing Yards, 1 Penalty for 5 Yards, 1 Turnover (McCoy’s INT)
Miami – 12 FD, 2-7 on 3rd Down, 1-1 on 4th Down, 40 Total Plays, 234 Total Yards, 179 Passing Yards, 55 Rushing Yards, 2 Penalties for 15 Yards, 1 Turnover (Bush’s FUM)