Hey all! Brooks here, and yes, I'm well past the age of getting carded when I need to buy wine - and I'm a life long Browns fan. Before I get to the game stuff, I'll bet it's just a bit warmer in Miami than what we awoke to this morning........3" of snow and 25°. Next week the Browns travel to Orchard Park for a date with the Bills - so we could go from 70° to 7°. LOL!
Anyway, I'm a big NFL fan, so I'd like to hear what you guys are looking to see from the Dolphins against my Browns this week. I'll lead off with what I see in store from the Browns side of things.
Jake Delhomme was imported this off season to start, and mentor the heir apparent at QB. Part one of this role has been an incomplete, as he has been down most of the year with the dreaded high ankle sprain. When he returned last week, he really played well..........in the first half. The ball was being delivered crisply and on time to the WR's. That part of the offense has not flourished under Colt. At this point in his career, he is strictly a TR and RB type of QB. Anyway, Jake had a major meltdown in the second half with very costly interceptions. It never should have come to it - due to our own offensive stagnation or a critical official's gaffe - but the Browns were fortunate to escape with a one point win.
Offensively, I'd like to see from the Browns:
Can Jake successfully extract his head from his posterior and stop throwing interceptions? If not, the Browns will be hard pressed to win this game.
Can Peyton Hillis continue his march to the Pro Bowl? The Browns offensive MVP, that's for sure.
Do the WR's contribute and force the Dolphins to defend the whole field, and not 1/3 of it?
Will the OL keep the heat off Jake?
Is Josh Cribbs ready to go? He is recovering after dislocating 4 toes on his right foot.
Eric Wright is slated to return at corner. The match up with Brandon Marshall concerns me. Rookie Joe Haden has shown incredible progress the past few weeks, so will he draw the assignment opposite Marshall?
Can the Browns generate a decent pass rush? Big area of need if they want to limit the Dolphins passing game. The Browns getting off the field on third down has been a real problem this year.
How stout will the run defense be? It will face a very stiff test this week, courtesy of Mr. Brown and Williams. This defense really misses the leadership of Scott Fujita, out still a couple of more weeks with a knee injury.
Well, there's my side. Let me know what you guys think of this match up.