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Grading The Positions From The Browns vs. Dolphins Game

How did Cleveland do position-by-position against the Miami Dolphins?

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The Cleveland Browns were able to sqweak out a 13-10 win over the Miami Dolphins, but the win felt a lot more satisfying than last week's win over Carolina. How did each of the positional units do for Cleveland?

OFFENSE

  • QB (PASS): Jake Delhomme had his best game of the season as a member of the Browns, with the most important fact being that he failed to turn the football over. His yards per attempt were very low in the first half, but he was fantastic on one key second-half drive in which he was 4-of-4 for 88 yards and a touchdown.
     
  • RB (FAIL): Peyton Hillis ran hard and caught a lot of passes, but the Dolphins did a great job at taking him down before he could build and momentum. Miami deserves a lot of credit for stopping Hillis on the ground and in the passing game.
     
  • WR (FAIL): While Mohamed Massaquoi came up big on the team's lone touchdown drive, he also failed to haul in a back shoulder pass earlier in the game that would've led to a touchdown. Brian Robiskie returned to being absent and Joshua Cribbs couldn't play on offense again.
     
  • TE (PASS): Benjamin Watson set a career high with 10 receptions to go along with 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. He was Delhomme's go-to-guy and he delivered with his finest performance of the season.
     
  • OL (FAIL): Miami brought the pressure all game long, forcing Delhomme into some quick decisions. When Delhomme did take some shots, it was usually came from John St. Clair's side as Cameron Wake registered 1.5 sacks on the day.

DEFENSE

  • DL (PASS): Shaun Rogers had a sack, a blocked field goal, and a phantom/shoestring tackle on Chad Henne in the fourth quarter. Rogers has been playing very well, and his production finally showed up on the stat sheet too.
     
  • LB (PASS): It seemed like Matt Roth was on a mission to bullrush his former team, even though he was not able to register a sack. Veteran David Bowens defended three passes during the game, with his biggest one being the one at the end that went into the arms of Mike Adams.
     
  • DB (PASS): Mike Adam's interception at the end of the game off of a tipped ball sealed the game for Cleveland. Joe Haden was the game-ball winner on Dawgs By Nature for his interception, timely tackles, and four passes defended. Abram Elam also had an interception, setting up a field goal.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • ST (PASS): Phil Dawson's 47 yard missed field goal hurt, but he ended up kicking the game winner. Reggie Hodges continued punting the ball well, Shaun Rogers blocked a field goal, and Mike Adams helped down a punt at the one.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.