Miami Dolphins vs. Cleveland Browns: Who won the key matchups?

 

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Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill vs. Browns QB Brandon Weeden

•  Who won: Miami

•  The impact: Miami looked hard at Weeden before taking Tannehill (Texas A&M) eighth overall in 2012. The two had similar numbers last year as rookie starters — and Sunday in their first NFL head-to-head meeting, Tannehill definitely looked more comfortable than Weeden (Oklahoma State) did with Cleveland’s new scheme under Norv Turner. Tannehill was 24 of 38 for 272 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Weeden was 26 of 53 for 289 yards, a touchdown and three picks.

Dolphins’ ‘Ohio guys’ vs. Browns’ ‘Miami Guys’

•  Who won: Miami

•  The impact: Dimitri Patterson, claimed off waivers from Cleveland last season, had a pair of interceptions in the first half for Miami. Brian Hartline (Ohio State) gave Miami the lead with a 34-yard touchdown pass. For Cleveland, Travis Benjamin (UM) had three catches for 44 yards. Former Dolphins receiver Davone Bess had five catches for 47 yards. Cleveland’s Rob Chudzinski — a former UM tight end and offensive coordinator — made his head coaching debut.

Dolphins offensive line vs. Browns front seven

•  Who won: Even

•  The impact: Tannehill didn’t have much time to work, and Miami’s running backs didn’t see much daylight — at least early in the game. Cleveland had all four of its sacks in the opening half as Miami controlled things in the third and fourth quarters. Cleveland’s first sack came when Miami’s John Jerry all but shoved Desmond Bryant (team-high two sacks) into Tannehill in the second quarter. Miami didn’t run the ball much, getting just 20 yards on the ground.

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