End of first quarter: Dolphins 7, Browns 0
The Browns offense has to be more successful in the second half.
Chad Henne has been lethal today piling up 191 yards in the first half and completing 15 of 19 attempts. Of course, he has scripted his third downs fairly obviously. All five of Devone Bess' receptions have come on third down, although he has only one third down conversion. Bess was targeted again on the Dolphins' sixth third down, from the Browns' eight, but was unable to make a catch. It is all six times he has been targeted.
Browns offense continues to sputter. Despite showing some flashes, McCoy just hasn't been accurate all day. Luckily, the defense is bending but not breaking.
Although, they have to be tired. The Dolphins have had the ball for 29:15 in this game. The Browns have had it for 15:45.
Top storylines-- 1. Browns starting running back Peyton Hillis has been ruled out for today's game, a source told the Beacon Journal about two hours before kickoff. Hillis has been dealing with strep throat and a fever. The Browns still expected Hillis to play as of Saturday night, but he did not look well as he exited the team's locker room this morning. As a result, backup running back Montario Hardesty is expected to start and receive the most extensive playing time of his NFL career. 2. Dolphins offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who held the same position with the Browns the past two seasons, returns to Cleveland Browns Stadium. He will try to earn bragging rights. 3. The Browns are still searching for their first win at home under Shurmur. They also have a chance to establish their best start to a season since 2002, when they won two of three. 4. Dolphins coach Tony Sparano, who was an assistant for the Browns in 1999-2000, is on the hot seat. The Dolphins begin a three-game road trip today. Last season, they went 6-2 on the road and 1-7 at home. 5. Other Browns-Dolphins connections: Browns General Manager Tom Heckert spent 10 years (1991-2000) in the Dolphins’ personnel department. … Bryan Wiedmeier, the Browns’ executive vice president of business operations, spent 29 years with the Dolphins. … Browns defensive assistant Chuck Bullough was a Dolphins linebacker (1993-95). … Dolphins assistant head coach/secondary coach Todd Bowles was an assistant for the Browns (2001-04). … Dolphins pass rush coach Bryan Cox spent the past two seasons coaching the Browns’ defensive line. … Dolphins linebacker Jason Trusnik, (Nordonia), played for the Browns the past two seasons. Other Northeast Ohio connections: Dolphins linebacker Jason Taylor attended the University of Akron. … Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline (GlenOak) went to Ohio State.
Inactive players -- Browns: QB Thaddeus Lewis, SS Eric Hagg (knee), RB Peyton Hillis (strep throat), LB Titus Brown (ankle), OL Tony Pashos (ankle), OL Steve Vallos and TE Jordan Cameron. Dolphins: WR Roberto Wallace (quad), CB Vontae Davis (hamstring), LB Ikaika Alama-Francis, OL Ryan Cook, DE Tony McDaniel (hand), TE Will Yeatman and DE Phillip Merling.
Lineup changes -- Browns: Montario Hardesty will start in place of Hillis at running back; Artis Hicks will get his second consecutive start at right tackle in place of Pashos. Dolphins: Nolan Carroll will replace Davis at cornerback. Lex Hilliard replaces Charles Clay at fullback. Clay is still active.