Arguments presented in favor of a Miami win:
1. The Fins need it more. They're 0-2, and heads will surely roll if they drop to 0-3. Hence they'll be playing with urgency, whereas the Browns are coming off a win and won't be as fired up.
2. Hillis is sick, and who knows if he'll play. He has more touches than any back in the league, in any event, and that has to be wearing him down. If he's on the field, the Browns' attack will be one-dimensional, with Hillis running almost every other play. Miami will stack it up and limit him to a couple yards a carry, which will doom the Browns.
3. Cribbs is questionable on a groin injury, which could either slow him down or take him out of the game. If Hillis is the Browns' number-one threat, Cribbs is probably number two. With both ailing, things look good for Miami.
4. McCoy is not a very good QB – at least he's nowhere as good as Tom Brady or Matt Schaub, who the Fins faced in their first two games. Up against a lower-tier offense, the defense will really come into form.
5. Momass, so far the Browns' best receiver, could be limited after taking some big hits last week.
6. The Dolphins have the makings of a good running attack, which could walk all over a Browns' defense that has shown weakness against the run.
7. Miami has played better away than at home in the recent past.
Which of these are most valid? Seems to me we have a lot to worry about against Miami.
How will Shurmur & co. respond? What kinds of plays will he run? Will he mix it up this time?
Any predictions on sacks? INTs? TD passes? Hillis's touches? Robo, anyone?