3 big storylines to watch when the Browns play the Dolphins

Browns, Myles Garrett. Mandatory Credit: David Dermer-USA TODAY Sports
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Browns, Amari Cooper
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No. 1: Can the Browns build momentum after a big win?

When the Browns took down their state rivals in the Bengals, it was the most complete game the team has played from start to finish all season long. Why it took eight games to pull this off is anybody’s guess, but it was much needed and now the team has to build off of it.

Chubb led the way offensively with 101 yards on 23 carries and two scores. He was able to rush that many times for the two reasons mentioned earlier; the Browns never trailed in the game and Brissett balled out.

Against Cincy, Brissett finished 17-of-22 for 278 yards, one passing touchdown, and one rushing touchdown. His passing score came in the third quarter when he dropped a dime beautifully in the bucket to Amari Cooper in the back of the endzone. Cooper finished with five catches for 131 yards and the score.

Donovan Peoples-Jones continued to improve as he caught four passes for 81 yards. Brissett completed passes to six different targets. The Dolphins’ secondary has struggled this season, allowing 245.9 yards per game, so this could be a game where Brissett has another impressive stat line.

The defense will need to complement the offense just as it did against the Bengals and mostly against the Ravens a week prior. If this team can play a full, 60-minute complete game, a win isn’t out of the question. This game could become a shootout much like Miami played in a 35-32 Week 9 victory over the Chicago Bears.

We know the offense can keep up with anyone in the league — so please quit with the playcalling discussions — so the defense will need to continue to complement the offense, especially against this offense.

The goal was always to win at least five games with Watson out and after a huge divisional win, that now seems a little less daunting. Everything the Browns want is right in front of them and now it is up to them to go and take it.

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