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Countdown To Kickoff: Dolphins At Browns

Posted Sep 5, 2013

Breaking down the Dolphins-Browns matchup.



MIAMI DOLPHINS (0-0) vs. CLEVELAND BROWNS (0-0)


GAME FACTS

DATE: Sunday, Sept. 8
TIME: 1 p.m. ET
SITE: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
TV: CBS
TV ANNOUNCERS:Kevin Harlan, play-by-play; Solomon Wilcots, analysis
DOLPHINS RADIO NETWORK: Clear Channel, WBGG (105.9 FM) and WINZ (940 AM) and a network of affiliates throughout Florida; WQBA (1140 AM-Spanish)
RADIO VOICES: English broadcast — Jimmy Cefalo, Bob Griese, Joe Rose, Kim Bokamper; Spanish broadcast — Raul Striker, Joaquin Duro

THE SERIES

SERIES RECORD: Miami leads 9-8 (including 2-0 in playoffs)
AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 5-2 (2-0 in playoffs)
AT CLEVELAND: Browns lead 6-4
LAST MEETING: 2011 at Cleveland; Browns 17, Dolphins 16
HISTORY LESSON: The Dolphins have had some memorable victories in Cleveland, most notably a come-from-behind 27-23 decision in a Monday night game in 1992 and a 24-14 victory the following season. The 1992 game came in Week 2 but served as the Dolphins’ season opener because the Week 1 matchup against New England was postponed because of Hurricane Andrew. The Dolphins won that night on a short Mark Higgs run in the final seconds. The Oct. 10, 1993 game, is remembered, of course, for the Achilles injury that knocked Dan Marino out for the rest of the season. Scott Mitchell came off the bench that day and overcame an interception returned for a touchdown to help the Dolphins win.
SERIES TREND: The two teams have traded long winning streaks in the series, and unfortunately for the Dolphins the current streak belongs to the Browns. They have won the last four matchups — three in Cleveland (2005, 2007 and 2011) and one in Miami (2010). Before that, the Dolphins had won six meetings in a row from 1988 to 2004. This will be the sixth time in 10 seasons that the teams meet following a 10-year break in the series.

SCOUTING REPORT

CLEVELAND’S 2012 RECORD: 5-11
CLEVELAND’S 2013 PRESEASON RECORD: 3-1
LAST GAME: Won 18-16 at Chicago
OVERVIEW: The Browns are starting over this year with a new general manager (Michael Lombardi), a new head coach (former University of Miami standout tight end Rob Chudzinski) and two new coordinators (Norv Turner on offense, Ray Horton on defense). Cleveland is hoping to turn things around after five consecutive seasons with either four or five victories.
KEY NEW FACES: LB Barkevious Mingo (draft, 1st round), CB Leon McFadden (draft, 3rd), LB Paul Kruger (Baltimore), DT Desmond Bryant (Oakland), CB Chris Owens (Atlanta), QB Jason Campbell (Chicago), WR Davone Bess (Miami), T Rashad Butler (Houston), K Billy Cundiff
KEY VETERANS GONE: CB Sheldon Brown, WR Joshua Cribbs, TE Benjamin Watson, DE Juqua Parker, WR Mohamed Massaquoi, QB Josh Johnson, RB Brandon Jackson, LB Scott Fujita, K Phil Dawson, QB Colt McCoy

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