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- NOTEBOOK: Happy Homecoming For Hartline; Other Notes
- Analyst Game Balls
- In Case You Missed it, Dolphins 23 Browns 10
- Congemi’s Takeaways: Browns Game
- PHOTO GALLERY: Dolphins At Browns Game Action
- Final Game Statistics
- VIDEO: Coach Philbin
- VIDEO: Tannehill
- VIDEO: Clay
- Highlight: Hartline 34-yard TD reception
- Highlight: Carroll intercepts
- Highlight: Patterson interception
- Dolphins-Browns Pregame Notes
It was no secret that the defense for the Miami Dolphins was a strength coming into the 2013 season and that unit held up its end today in a season-opening 23-10 win at the Cleveland Browns.
Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end
“We probably had the longest preseason in the NFL and we had this game kind of marked off on our calendar for a very long time,” said Wake, who now has 30.5 sacks on the road in his career. “Our game plan was real simple, obviously to get after the run so that you can get teams in those third-and-long situations and then you’ve got to get after it. Those guys on the back end were doing their job making the quarterback hold the ball and we just had to do our part up front and get after the quarterback.”
Wake’s fellow defensive teammates came up with three interceptions – two by cornerback
“I thought our guys did a good job and we were able to win the turnover margin, which is something we’ve been preaching and talking about for a long time,” Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin said. “It’s going to be important for the way we are as a football team and it’s got to be a constant.”
But with Browns cornerback Joe Haden locking down speedster
“They came out and played a little differently than we expected them to,” said Tannehill, who enjoyed the third best passing day of his career. “The first game of the year we didn’t know exactly how they were going to play us. We knew their coordinator from last year but they kept base on the field and that was the change-up we really weren’t expecting coming into the game.
“So it took us just a little bit to get adjusted to that and I feel like once we did the offensive line did a good job in the second half of picking up their pressures and handling the rush and we were able to get the ball outside and move the ball down the field. By them taking (Wallace) away it really opened up Gibson, Hartline and even Clay, so it was frustrating for Mike but at the same time others stepped up.”
Now the Dolphins head back out on the road next Sunday to Indianapolis to face the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in an attempt to win their first two games on the road for the first time since 2009.