Game Time/Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 1:00 PM ET
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
TV Channel: CBS - Spero Dedes (play-by-play) & Solomon Wilcots (analyst)
Local Radio: 92.3 The Fan (WKRK-FM), ESPN 850 WKNR, WNCX (98.5 FM)
Online streaming: NFL Game Pass
Weather: 85 degrees (feels like 94). 40% chain of rain. Winds from E at 8 MPH.
Odds: Dolphins by 10 points.
Per 506sports, the fans in the blue areas below will be able to watch the game on TV:
-The Browns will be wearing brown tops, white pants, and orange socks.
-This is the Dolphins’ home opener. This offseason, their stadium was re-named as “Hard Rock Stadium.” The big renovation was the installation of a canopy over the seating areas, which will block out 92% of the fans from the sun and hopefully encourage more of them to attend games.
-The Dolphins have a pair of former Browns tight ends on the club in Jordan Cameron and MarQueis Gray. Cameron played for the Browns from 2011-2014, while Gray was with the team in 2013. Cornerback Jamar Taylor was acquired by the Browns from the Dolphins during this year’s draft. Taylor was originally a second round pick by the Dolphins in 2013.
-The last time these two teams was on September 8th, 2013 in Week 1 of the regular season at Cleveland Browns Stadium. I must be getting tired of these season-opening losses, because I don’t even really remember this one. Of course, the Browns lost by a score of 23-10.
The game featured a battle of former first-round quarterbacks in Brandon Weeden vs. Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins only had 20 net rushing yards against Ray Horton’s defense, but Cleveland wasn’t much better with just 47 yards rushing. The difference came down to the quarterbacks -- Weeden was picked three times, completing less than half of his 53 attempts.
Jordan Cameron led the Browns with 9 catches for 108 yards and 1 touchdown. Brian Hartline led the Dolphins with 9 catches for 114 yards and 1 touchdown. The Browns were led in tackles by cornerback Chris Owens (man, I’m telling you, it’s not good when I’m getting forgetful of recent players).
The game was actually closer than the final score might indicate. Cleveland led 7-6 at the half and trailed 13-10 after three quarters. The Dolphins' touchdown with 5:06 to play in the game was too much to overcome.