The Cleveland Browns might look like the underdog against the Miami Dolphins in Week 10, but these surprises could give them the advantage
The Cleveland Browns return to action on Sunday when they play the Miami Dolphins in sunny southern Florida. Both teams are going in different directions as far as records are concerned as the Browns come into the game at 3-5 while the dolphins are 6-3 and riding a three-game winning streaking.
Cleveland opened as a four-point underdog and will have their work cut out for them if they want to walk home with the win. Despite the bleak preview at this point, Cleveland does have several things going for them in this matchup that give them more advantages than some might see.
These two teams last played in 2019 when quarterback Baker Mayfield was on fire and threw several touchdowns in the first half, including a couple to Jarvis Landry. Cleveland stormed to a 28-3 halftime lead and went on to win the game 41-25 after the Dolphins tried to come back in the second half of the game.
This season, the Dolphins seem to have everything going for them. They score points in bunches, and they are the darlings of the NFL with Tua Tagovailoa under center but if you look a little deeper at the situation, what the Browns will need to do to win isn’t that far-fetched. Let’s go ahead and take a look at a few of the surprises about the Dolphins that are an advantage for the road team.
3 surprises about Dolphins that give Browns the advantage
No. 3: Dolphins secondary is vulnerable
When you start looking at Miami and its issues most of them deal with their defense, especially the secondary. They’ve given up the fourth most completions to opposing quarterbacks and the completion percentage is a hefty 68.5. They’ve also given up the fourth most touchdowns with 15 and fourth most passing yards with 2,213.
The Dolphins have given up more than 30 points in games on three different occasions already this year. The Browns are averaging 25 points a game, and this could be one of those games where we could easily see them exceed that 30-point plateau.
Look for coach Kevin Stefanski to take advantage of the poor Miami defense early in this one and see if he can catch the Dolphins sleeping in the secondary.