Inter-Conference Battle in South Beach
The Miami Dolphins will defend their three-game winning streak in a home game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The Browns (3-5) also carry positive momentum heading into this matchup after destroying the Cincinnati Bengals 32-13 in Week 8. Miami (6-3) must grab another win to keep pace in the loaded AFC East.
Both teams could be without multiple key players. Cleveland’s pass rush hopes to negate quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who is enjoying an MVP-caliber season. Will the Browns pull off another upset, or will the Dolphins stay hot?
Cleveland’s Pass Rush Licking Its Chops
Before dominating the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cleveland Browns were on a four-game losing streak. Was the win just a fluke? Cleveland will look to disprove that theory on Sunday. Critics will have little to say if the Browns take down the red-hot Miami Dolphins.
Beating Miami is realistic. The Browns’ pass rush was revived against the Bengals, totaling five sacks and seven QB hits. Defensive end Myles Garrett is playing great, with 4.5 sacks over the last three games. The Dolphins’ starting offensive tackles, Terron Armstead and Austin Jackson, are questionable for Sunday. Garrett could wreak havoc.
Cleveland comes off of a bye week, which allowed the roster to get healthy. Top cornerback Denzel Ward (concussion), All-Pro guard Wyatt Teller (calf), and starting tight end David Njoku (ankle) could return this week.
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett had his best performance of the season against the Bengals, with 278 passing yards and a 133.7 passer rating. Brissett is not capable of sustaining this level of play, but if he stays solid, the Browns’ offense will find success.
To keep its playoff hopes alive, Cleveland needs to steal a win before quarterback Deshaun Watson returns in Week 13.
MVP in Miami?
When Tagovailoa plays an entire game, the Miami Dolphins are 6-0. He leads the NFL with a 115.9 passer rating. Since Week 8, Tagovailoa has been lights out with a 137.2 passer rating and 76% completion percentage. If this continues, Tagovailoa will become a serious MVP contender.
Every Tua Tagovailoa completion from yesterday’s Miami Dolphins win.
— Big E (@ian693) November 7, 2022
Thanks to the explosive offense, Miami’s defensive struggles have been overshadowed. In the last two games, the Dolphins have allowed 29.5 points per game and 380.5 yards per game. Against the Detroit Lions, quarterback Jared Goff cooked Miami’s secondary for over 300 yards. A week later, the run defense was shredded, allowing 252 rushing defense versus the Chicago Bears. The defense has no strength to lean on right now.
At the trade deadline, the Dolphins acquired Bradley Chubb, a star pass rusher. This signaled Miami is committed to contending for championships this season. If that is to happen, the defense must be better. Chubb was limited last week, but he should see far more action against the Cleveland Browns. We will see how much Chubb can help this stumbling defense.
Browns vs Dolphins Game Injuries
Browns vs Dolphins Head-to-Head
Since 2005, the Browns have won five of seven games against the Dolphins. Miami won its last home game against Cleveland in 2016.
Browns vs Dolphins Game Information
- Game: Browns vs Dolphins
- Date: Sunday, Nov. 13th
- Time: 1 p.m. ET
- Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
- How to watch Browns vs Dolphins? ESPN
Browns vs Dolphins Live stream: NFL Game Pass
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Browns vs Dolphins Betting Lines
Browns vs Dolphins Picks & Prediction
The Browns offense will have success on the ground against Miami. However, it will not be enough. The Dolphins’ passing game is too dominant. Even if Ward returns from injury, he has been inconsistent this season.
Tagovalioa is playing at an elite level, but don’t forget about wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. Hill leads the NFL with a jaw-dropping 1,104 receiving yards. Cleveland’s secondary will struggle, leading to a Dolphins win and cover.
The Miami Dolphins are listed at -190 in our Vegas NFL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on the Dolphins, you have a chance to win $53. The Cleveland Browns are +163, offering a chance to win $163 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives the Miami Dolphins a 65.52% chance to win, with the Cleveland Browns at 38.02%.
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.