Miami’s defense did its part to control the play at the point of attack. Facing the league leader in broken tackles and yards after contact, the Dolphins needed an aggressive and fundamentally sound approach to deal with the Browns’ star runner Nick Chubb.
The Cleveland guard rushed for a 33-yard touchdown on a fourth-quarter three-pointer, but only gained 30 yards on his other 10 carries. Jacoby Brissett found some success in the run-game during late scrambles in a lopsided game, but make no mistake, Miami imposed its will in the trenches.
The Browns rushed for just 31 yards on 13 first-half rush attempts. The next time they touched the ball, the scoreboard showed 24-7 in favor of the home team. Making the Browns one-dimensional on offense was a key part of Miami’s success in victory.
The Dolphins also increased the pressure on Cleveland’s passing game. Dropping Brissett for three sacks, the defense produced 28 total quarterback pressures (per Pro Football Focus). Half of those presses produced hits on the quarterback (14 total). The secondary contributed with seven passes defended.
In front of the raucous crowd at Hard Rock Stadium this season, the Dolphins are allowing just 15.4 points per game. Miami is now 10-1 in the last 11 games at Hard Rock Stadium, the best 11-game home streak since the team went 10-1 between December 2001 and December 2022.