Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns Matchup Preview 11/24/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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The (2-8) Dolphins sit as the third-worst team in the NFL. Up until last week, they had averaged the most points against them than any other team, but now they sit as the second-worst in that category. They have the second-lowest scoring offense in the league as well with just 13.9 points per game. All of this is to say that the Dolphins are not very good this year. Trading away Kenyan Drake only made it worse for them this year, but they should be playing for the future now. They have no chance this year, so it would be smart to start losing and get a better draft pick. The (4-6) Browns are basically out of playoff contention. They would need some freak games to occur with some upsets as well as winning out. The Steelers stood no match for the Browns last week and the Dolphins don’t pose as any bigger threat. They should be able to roll past them this week unless they play like how the Colts played against the Dolphins a few weeks ago. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns matchup page.
Date: Sunday, November 24, 2019
Time: 1:00pm ET
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium – Cleveland, Browns
Miami Dolphins: WR Gary Jennings (Q), S Bobby McCain (Q), DE Taco Charlton (Q), LB Raekwon McMillan (Q), CB Ken Webster (Q)
Cleveland Browns: OT Kendall Lamm (Q), DE Olivier Vernon (Q), S Eric Murray (D)
Miami Dolphins Analysis
The Dolphins have not been the most exciting team to watch this year. They had one stand out game against the Colts a couple of weeks back, but they return to their mediocre kind of play last week against the Bills in which they were able to put up 20 points but allowed Josh Allen to move the ball all over them and score 37 total points. With no shot of making the playoffs this year, they should be getting ready to compete next year which they have begun to do after trading away Kenyan Drake to the Cardinals for a draft pick.
But if they do decide that they want to try and beat the Browns this week, Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the answer. The Dolphins have been absolutely miserable with running the ball this year, especially after Drake left. DeVante Parker and newly acquired Allen Hurns will need to find ways to get open against the tough coverage of the Browns.
Miami Dolphins Depth Chart
QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick
RB1: Kalen Ballage
RB2: Patrick Laird
WR1: DeVante Parker
WR2: Jakeem Grant
WR3: Albert Wilson
TE: Nick O’Leary
Cleveland Browns Analysis
The Browns looked good against the Steelers last week. Particularly, their defense popped off against Mason Rudolph. They forced him into throwing four interceptions. The one big highlight of the game came towards the end. Myles Garrett threw down Rudolph a little late in which Rudolph started retaliating by trying to take of Garrett’s helmet. Garrett lost his cool and ripped of Rudolph’s helmet and hit him with it. Garrett is now suspended indefinitely for the rest of the season, which is a big hit for the defense.
To beat the Dolphins, they just need to stick to their fundamentals. Playing solid defensively while mixing up passing and running will be important. They have Baker Mayfield who hasn’t played very well this season but has potential to be a lot better. Nick Chubb is a top running back who consistently ran for a high amount of yards each game. The Browns should also take advantage of this game to get Odell Beckham Jr. going again. Get him above 100 yards to bring back his confidence.
Cleveland Browns Depth Chart
QB: Baker Mayfield
RB1: Nick Chubb
RB2: Kareem Hunt
WR1: Odell Beckham Jr.
WR2: Jarvis Landry
WR3: Rashard Higgins
TE: Demetrius Harris
Daily Fantasy: A Chubby Man
Nick Chubb should be the star of this game. It is likely that the Browns will run up the score on the Dolphins since they allow so many points per game. The chances of Chubb scoring at least once are high with the projected points for the Browns. Last week he ran for 92 yards on 27 carries. With Baker Mayfield’s struggles this season, it is likely that the Browns will continue to rely on Chubb moving forward, especially against the Dolphins who don’t hold a strong defense.