Coming into the season, both the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns have thoughts of competing for a playoff spot this season.
It took a while, but the Dolphins took a big step in potentially accomplishing that this season by starting out the 2013 campaign with a 23-10 win over the host Browns.
The Dolphins spent the offseason trying to surround second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill with weapons and the Texas A&M product had a solid afternoon in which he threw for 272 yards and a touchdown.
Tannehill threw a 34-yard TD pass to Brian Hartline in the third quarter and drove the Dolphins to a game-clinching TD in the fourth where Daniel Thomas capped it off with a one-yard scoring plunge with 6:48 left to put the Dolphins up by 10.
In a matchup between second year quarterbacks, the Browns Brandon Weeden wasn’t so lucky.
Even though he finished with 289 yards in the air, Weeden chucked it an insane 53 times (completing only 26), three interceptions and was sacked six times.
Lamar Miller had only three yards rushing for the Dolphins and the newly signed Mike Wallace had only one catch for 15 yards, but that turned out to be plenty for the Miami defense.
The Dolphins held Trent Richardson to only 47 yards on 13 carries and Dimitri Patterson picked off Weeden twice.
The story of the day though was the constant pressure the Dolphins got on Weeden. Cameron Wake had 2.5 of the six sacks, but the Miami pass rush was around the quarterback all day long.
Miami will try and build off the big season opening win when they travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts, meanwhile the Browns, who fell to 1-14 in Week 1 since 1999, will try and get Rob Chudzinski’ his first win as head coach when they head to Baltimore to take on the Ravens on Sunday.