April 24, 2014

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Browns vs. Dolphins matchups: Big edge for Browns


PLAYER OF THE GAME

Braylon Edwards, Browns receiver
He’s starting to look more and more like a No. 3 overall draft pick.
After dropping two balls early, Edwards had the first three-touchdown game of his three-year career. He caught a 24-yard skinny post, a 5-yard hook in traffic and a 16-yard jump ball. Edwards showed the size, speed, strength and jumping ability that were on display at the University of Michigan.

GOAT OF THE GAME

Ted Ginn Jr.’s supporting cast
The Miami rookie kickoff returner/receiver from Cleveland and Ohio State didn’t get any help in his homecoming.
Courtney Bryan was called for holding on a second-quarter return that Ginn took to the Cleveland
45-yard line. It cost the Dolphins 35 yards. To open the third quarter, Derek Hagan was whistled for holding on a return for a touchdown.
If that weren’t enough, quarterback Cleo Lemon threw behind a wide-open Ginn for a third-down incompletion in the fourth quarter that would’ve gone for big yardage.

PLAY OF THE GAME

The Dolphins had closed to within 27-24 after two third-quarter touchdown drives. The Browns faced third-and-5 at the Miami 41-yard line and were one play away from punting and giving the Dolphins the chance to take the lead and what remained of the momentum. But Derek Anderson found Joe Jurevicius in single coverage and zipped the ball to him on an inside route. Jurevicius made the catch with a defender close and picked up 10 yards for the first down. The Browns capped the 12-play, 66-yard drive with a touchdown to regain some breathing room.

STAT OF THE GAME

142.5

Quarterback rating of Derek Anderson, the highest of his career. He completed 18 of 25 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns. He didn’t throw an interception for the first time in eight career starts.

QUOTE OF THE GAME

“Getting to 3-3 was huge going into the bye week. Let’s heal up, let’s rest up, let’s watch the Indians win (today).” — Browns receiver and Northeast Ohio native Joe Jurevicius.

MATCHUPS

QUARTERBACK
Derek Anderson threw three touchdowns, ran one in and didn’t have an interception. Cleo Lemon had two passing and two running touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions.
EDGE: Browns
RUNNING BACK
Jason Wright and Jerome Harrison combined for 116 yards rushing and 54 yards receiving in place of Jamal Lewis. Ronnie Brown accounted for 170 total yards and was a load to bring down.
EDGE: Even
RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS
Braylon Edwards had three touchdowns and Kellen Winslow 90 yards. Chris Chambers had 73 yards and tight end David Martin two touchdowns for Miami.
EDGE: Browns
OFFENSIVE LINE
The Browns ran for 140 yards without Lewis, and Anderson was sacked just once for a yard. Joe Thomas more than held his own vs. Jason Taylor.
EDGE: Browns
DEFENSIVE LINE
Taylor had a sack on a scramble and a quarterback hit. Shaun Smith started in place of Orpheus Roye and had four tackles and a batted ball.
EDGE: Even
LINEBACKERS
Kamerion Wimbley had a sack and a quarterback hit, and Antwan Peek had two quarterback hits and a pass defensed. Zach Thomas had 12 tackles.
EDGE: Browns
SECONDARY
Cornerbacks Leigh Bodden and Eric Wright had interceptions. Sean Jones hasn’t been able to cover a tight end all year.
EDGE: Browns
SPECIAL TEAMS
The Dolphins had two big holding penalties, and kicker Jay Feely opened the game with an unnecessary roughness penalty. Cleveland punter Dave Zastudil struggled in his return.
EDGE: Browns
COACHING
No one thought the Browns would be 3-3 at the bye. Give Romeo Crennel a game ball, and save one for offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.
EDGE: Browns
— Scott Petrak