Final

Dolphins 0

(3-7, 1-4 away)

Browns 22

(4-6, 3-2 home)

1:00 PM ET, November 20, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 0 0 0 00
CLE 9 3 10 022

Top Performers

Passing: T. Dilfer (CLE) - 137 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: R. Droughns (CLE) - 30 CAR, 166 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Edwards (CLE) - 6 REC, 90 YDS

Miami (3-6) at Cleveland (3-6)

Miami (3-6) at Cleveland (3-6), Sunday 1:00 pm EST

CLEVELAND (Ticker) -- Nick Saban was a former defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns before leaving the NFL for the collegiate ranks.

Lured back to the NFL by the Miami Dolphins, Saban faces his former team on Sunday.

Saban was the Browns' defensive coordinator under Bill Belichick from 1991-94 before he left to take the Michigan State coaching job. Saban spent five seasons at Michigan State, then another five campaigns at Louisian State, winning a share of the national championship in 2003.

Last year, Saban refused coaching offers from the Chicago Bears and Atlanta Falcons, but accepted the NFL challenge when Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga came calling with a five-year, $22.5 million deal.

Saban's first year as an NFL coach has been a struggle. Since a 2-1 start, the Dolphins have lost five of their last six games.

Last week, the Dolphins rolled up a 437 yards of total offense in a 23-16 loss to the New England Patriots. Gus Frerotte completed 25-of-47 passes for 360 yards and two touchdowns with an interception.

The Browns also have a first-year coach in Romeo Crennel, who won three Super Bowls as defensive coordinator of the Patriots.

Crennel also is in the midst of a rebuilding job with the Browns, who have lost four of their last five games and are a game in front of last-place Baltimore in the AFC North.

The biggest decision remaining for Crennel this season may be when to replace veteran quarterback Trent Dilfer with third-round pick Charlie Frye.

Last week, Dilfer completed 17-of-34 passes for 253 yards and one touchdown with an interception in a 34-21 loss at Pittsburgh.

Last December 26, the Dolphins posted a 10-7 victory over the Browns. Both teams featured interim coaches in Cleveland's Terry Robiskie and Miami's Jim Bates.

The game was a comedy of errors as the teams combined for seven fumbles, six turnovers and 15 punts.

Matchup to watch: Dolphins tight end Randy McMichael, who had seven catches for 81 yards last week, against strong safety Chris Crocker.

Series: Miami leads, 9-4.

Next week: Miami visits Oakland, November 27 Cleveland visits Minnesota, November 27

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Passing Leaders

MiamiCMP%YDSTDINT
R. Tannehill60.439132417
M. Moore33.35302
ClevelandCMP%YDSTDINT
J. Campbell56.82015118
B. Weeden52.8173199

Rushing Leaders

MiamiCARYDSAVGTD
L. Miller1777094.02
D. Thomas1094063.74
ClevelandCARYDSAVGTD
W. McGahee1383772.72
C. Ogbonnaya492404.90

Receiving Leaders

MiamiRECYDSAVGTD
B. Hartline76101613.44
M. Wallace7393012.75
ClevelandRECYDSAVGTD
J. Gordon87164618.99
J. Cameron8091711.57

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

TEAM OFFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Total YardsMIA
 
 325
CLE
 
 284
Yards PassingMIA
 
 206
CLE
 
 190
Yards RushingMIA
 
 119
CLE
 
 94
TEAM DEFENSETEAMPER GAME AVERAGE
Yards AllowedMIA
 
 317
CLE
 
 317
Pass Yds AllowedMIA
 
 207
CLE
 
 179
Rush Yds AllowedMIA
 
 111
CLE
 
 138

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

Series tied 1-1
Dec 26, 2004MIA 10, CLE 7