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Miami vs.Cleveland Recap

These days, it seems that the Miami Dolphins haven’t been able to get a grasp of certain things on the football field, such as putting together back-to-back quality games – or doing something that is fundamental to the ultimate success of the team, which is winning at home. Unfortunately for Miami Dolphins fans, that trend continued on Sunday, as they lost to the visiting Cleveland Browns 13-10, giving them a 1-5 record on their home turf, which is worlds apart from their sparkling 5-1 record on the road.

So why the difference in wins and losses at home and away? In most cases, with this Miami Dolphins team, it comes down to two things – turnovers and the play of the offense. Last week, Miami’s offense was sparkling – it gained almost 500 yards to total offense (over 300 of which was Henne’s), got the ground game up and running (pun intended), controlled the possession of the ball and, most importantly, had some big-time plays from players both big-time and not. Fast forward one week, and it’s a totally different story.

The Dolphins on Sunday sputtered to get much of anything going – they had 281 total yards of offense, were only 4-for-14 on third down conversions and had only 167 yards through the air. But let’s get one thing straight – it’s not like Cleveland outplayed the home team. In fact, their offensive numbers were even worse than Miami’s. What did Miami “in,” as they say, was the turnover battle, which went a little something like this – Dolphins – 3, Browns 0. Cleveland caught three of Chad Henne’s passes – which is sad considering his own teammates only caught 16 – and the Dolphins had a field goal blocked, all of which led to the loss. In fact, it was a Henne pass that was deflected and fell into the hands of the Browns’ Mike Adams that set the stage for the game-winner. With just 1:30 left on the clock, Adams grabbed the INT and returned it 25 yards the other way to the 2-yard line, and then, with the game tied at 10, Phil Dawson hit the 23-yard field goal as time expired.

There is good news for the Miami Dolphins, however. Not only do the Fins travel away next weekend, but they also have shown to be quite a resilient bunch that never gives up. Last week’s impressive win over Oakland followed the season’s worst loss of the year at home against Chicago. So Dolphins fans, don’t give up on your team just yet! With four games to go, Miami needs all the fan support they can get, so make sure you go ahead and purchase your Miami Dolphins road trip packages and tickets to upcoming home games here at!