This Sunday the Miami Dolphins will host the Cleveland Browns in Week 3 action. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 EST at Hard Rock Stadium and will be televised locally on CBS. Oddsmakers have the Dolphins as a massive 9.5-point favorite. The over/under for this contest has been set at 41.5 points.
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Both of these teams come in winless at 0-2. Though most would agree Miami has been the more impressive team. The Dolphins arguably should have won in Seattle in their opener, but ended up losing 12-10. Last week they trailed New England 31-3 on the road, but only lost by a final of 31-24.
Cleveland opened up with a 19-10 loss at Philadelphia. No one was giving them a chance last week at home against the Ravens. In typical Browns fashion. Cleveland jumped out to a 20-0 lead, only to go on to lose 25-20.
This will only be the second meeting between these two teams in the last five years. The previous coming back in 2013 at Cleveland, which the Dolphins won 23-10 as a 2.5-point road dog.
Free Pick & Game Predictions: Dolphins -9.5
I know this is a big number, but given the circumstances I don’t know how you take Cleveland here. Miami isn’t going to overlook this game at 0-2 and the Browns are down to a third stringer at quarterback.
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It’s amazing that we are in Week 3 and Cleveland has already lost their top two quarterbacks. Forcing them to turn to 3rd round rookie Cody Kessler. It was bad enough with RGIII and Josh McCown, now they go with someone who they didn’t even plan on playing this year.
Kessler saw limited action in the first 3 preseason games. He did play a decent amount in the final game against the Bears scrubs. He completed 10 of 17 passes, but for only 40 yards (2.4 average).
I know we have seen some rookies perform well so far, but I’m not buying Kessler joining in the fun. Not with the talent he has around him. Not only does his first start come on the road, but he’s going to have a revamped o-line protecting him. Starting center Cam Erving is out and replacing him will be guard John Greco.
Typically the big concern in this spot, is the opposing team overlooking the opponent. I don’t see how that will be the case here. Miami has to win this game if they want any shot at the playoffs. Keep in mind they have lost two road games against two of the best teams in New England and Seattle. They had a chance in both of those games and are far from throwing in the towel.
Cleveland on the other hand, is in a very tough spot. The players knew it was going to be a long season coming in, but it could get ugly in a hurry here. Keep in mind they are coming off a crushing loss last week where they blew a 20-point lead at home against a division rival.
If anything, I think the close loss to Baltimore last week is keeping this line lower than it should be. Had the Browns lost by a couple touchdowns, we would be seeing a line here of 14 or more. If you are going to gamble on this one, I think you have to side with the Dolphins.