3 big storylines to watch when the Browns play the Dolphins

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No. 2: Can the defense slow down the high-octane offense of the Dolphins?

As aforementioned, the Dolphins are led offensively by the three-headed monster of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle.

The high-octane trio has helped the Dolphins to 380.4 yards per game (6th in the NFL), including 293.6 pass yards per game. Tua is coming off back-to-back games of 300-plus passing yards, three-plus touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Hill leads the league in receptions (76) and receiving yards (1,104) and is on pace to set the NFL single-season receiving record, held by Calvin Johnson. When Hill isn’t getting the ball, Tua usually finds Waddle, who has 47 catches for 812 yards and six touchdowns.

Martin Emerson, Greedy Williams, and the rest of the Cleveland secondary will have their hands full but could get some help as Denzel Ward could potentially return to the lineup, after missing the past three games with a concussion, as he returned to practice on Monday. All secondary hands will have to be on deck for this game.

Myles Garrett terrorized Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow in Week 8 and will need to be disruptive to Tua in Week 10. The Browns got sacks from Garrett, Sione Takitaki, Deion Jones, Isaiah Thomas, and Taven Bryan in the game against Cincy, and if they can do that again on Sunday, this team will be in good shape.

With that said, the secondary has to complement the pass rush and cannot let Hill and Waddle get behind them. Communication will be key and if the last two games are any indication, the defense now knows what it will take to be productive.