Miami Dolphins: 10 observations from win over Browns
8. Christian Wilkins continues his dominance
Christian Wilkins continued his excellent season on Sunday, having his name called plenty of times and for various different reasons.
Wilkins was instrumental in helping the Dolphins contain one of the top-rated rushing attacks in the league, notching seven total tackles and one impressive tackle for loss. He was also one of the many players helping to get pressure on the quarterback, and had two-half sacks on the day to equate to a full one.
Wilkins is still under contract for another season, but you can add him to the growing list of players that Miami will have to shell out money for in the coming years.
9. Nice plays by Justin Bethel down the stretch
As the Browns attempted a futile comeback late in the fourth quarter, it was one of the unlikeliest of heroes that made the winning plays for the Dolphins.
Justin Bethel hasn’t done much to help Miami’s secondary in 2022, but his performance during Cleveland’s final two drives helped keep the Dolphins ahead. He had a tackle and a coverage incompletion which helped force a three and out, and on the Browns’ final possession, Bethel had a beautiful pass break up on a third down that would have gone a long way in ending the game had Cleveland not converted on 4th down.
The Dolphins will need all of the production that they can get from the members of their secondary, and Bethel having a solid day is a good sign.
10. Penalties…but this time against the opposition
The difference in accepted penalties was only one, but it felt like the Browns were hampered by their own mistakes far more often than the Dolphins were. It was a nice change of pace, seeing an opposing team repeatedly shoot themselves instead of Miami doing so week after week.
It seems as though the Dolphins have begun to fix their penalty woes, at least for the time being. They had just 3 accepted flags against them last week against the Bears, and the 5 against the Browns are respectable after how many they drew in the early going of the season.