The 3-5 (2-1) Cleveland Browns travel down to Hard Rock stadium in Miami, Florida to face off against the 6-3 (2-1) Miami Dolphins on Sunday in what should be a competitive match-up between AFC conference foes. Lacking Deshaun Watson, the Browns will pit former backup and Dolphins’ starter Jacoby Brissett against his former team after being with Miami during the 2021-2022 season. Let’s take a look at the odds, preview, prediction, injuries, key matchup, and depth charts to see who has the edge in this one.
Cleveland Browns vs Miami Dolphins Odds
The Miami Dolphins are -4 point home chalk in this one. The Browns reside at +4 and +165 on the moneyline while the Dolphins remain at a comfortable – 210. The over/under is set at 48.5 points.
Cleveland Browns vs Miami Dolphins Preview & Prediction
The Browns looked excellent in their underdog 32-13 win over their rival AFC North. Playing at home, Clevenland made light work of their cross-state rivals and easily covered their +3 spread with most odds-makers and bettors writing them off. Now, as the Deshaun Watson era approaches, Jacoby Brisset has three more games to shine as the team’s starter and he faces an important test against his former team in the Miami Dolphins this week.
The Miami Dolphins squeaked by Justin Fields – who did his best Lamar Jackson impression – and the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field by a score of 35-32. Miami’s offense looked incredible as Tua Tagovailoa threw for 302 yards and 3 touchdowns on 21 of 30 passes. Tyreek Hill continued his dominant stretch as the leading receiving yards holder as he brought in 7 receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown. With the Dolphins’ offense steam-rolling, attention turns to Josh Boyer’s defense, which could not get off the field, giving up large leads at a time to put this game into question. A wins a win though and if the Dolphins can secure a win this week, they’ll head into their bye week at 7-3.
While we know what to expect from Miami’s offense, the team’s defense has to step up against the Browns, who boast the 5th best rushing attack in the league. Despite having trouble against running quarterbacks, Miami’s defense is great at stopping the run. Bringing in edge rusher Bradley Chubb at the trade deadline, Miami’s defensive line now boasts three first round picks, including outside linebacker Jaelean Phillips who is third in the league in quarterback pressures. Stopping Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt is certainly not easy though, and the Browns pair are by-far the best running backs this Miami defense has faced so far. Despite this, I expect the Dolphins to cover the spread of -4 at home, with Tagovailoa and the offense looking unstoppable and Josh Boyer’s defense having a necessary rebounding week.
Dolphins 27 | Browns 20
-Dolphins are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game
-Browns are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game
-LB Jeremiah Owusu Koramoah (Q)
-CB B. Jones (OUT)
-LT T. Armstead (Q)
-RT A. Jackson (Q)
A key matchup in just a few words…
Browns Rush Attack vs Dolphins Defensive Line
Ranking 19th in rushing yards allowed, the Browns shouldn’t look over this Dolphins’ underrated defensive line. No matter how underrated this unit is though, can Chubb be neutralized by any defender? While I expect some big runs, I don’t think the Browns can solely rely on their backs to win this game. If the Dolphins can neutralize the rushing attack enough for Brissett to throw the ball, then this game will be an easy win for the home team.