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With Myles Garrett suspended, the Browns' pass rush could use someone to step up at edge defender. Granted he was facing a young, rebuilding Miami offensive line, Brian Cox Jr. rose to the occasion. Cox beat the Dolphins’ tackles to the outside all afternoon and could find a consistent role with Cleveland while Garrett is out.
Joe Schobert had himself a solid day in pass coverage — one could also say he was just very lucky — as he benefited from a dropped pass by Albert Wilson that ricocheted off his helmet for Schobert’s first interception. He also collected an overthrow from Ryan Fitzpatrick late in the fourth quarter for his second interception.
Baker Mayfield had his way with the Dolphins' secondary. With the help of a constantly clean pocket, Mayfield fed Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. throughout the affair. While the trio made a handful of big plays downfield, they primarily took advantage of Miami's off-coverage with quick routes on RPOs.
Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt showed the potential their shared backfield possesses. Both players were tough to bring down, as they each forced multiple missed tackles and showed off tremendous acceleration out of their cuts.
DeVante Parker showcased plus attributes to cut through traffic, strong hands and the ability to adjust to the ball in the air against Cleveland. He may not have eclipsed 100 yards against the Browns, but he made the best of his allocated targets and did most of his damage against the talented Greedy Williams.
While he has work to do before being labeled as a threat at tight end, former first-rounder Mike Gesicki hauled in his first career touchdown on a seam route with behind Cleveland’s zone defense.
Cornerback Nik Needham struggled mightily against Landry and Beckham. He allowed two touchdown catches and had multiple coverage penalties. In addition, he lost contain on Hunt's six-yard touchdown run late in the first half.
While Miami's secondary struggled, the lack of a pass-rush made matters even worse. With Cleveland's use of RPOs, the Dolphins were rarely able to get close to Mayfield. Even on normal passing plays, the Dolphins couldn't beat a Cleveland offensive line that allowed 31 pressures over the previous three games.