MILWAUKEE — With the Dolphins losing their first game of the season, coach Joe Philbin was encouraged to make some moves.
With the Browns beating the Dolphins 27-16 on Saturday, the Dolphins got some more momentum heading into Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Philbin had some ideas.
With four interceptions in a loss to the Browns last Sunday, the team was going through a rough patch.
The Dolphins have allowed 25 points or more in six of their past eight games.
But they still scored their first touchdown of the preseason in the first quarter when Josh Freeman caught a pass from Jay Ajayi and ran down the sideline for a 35-yard touchdown to put Miami ahead 21-14.
The play marked the Dolphins first scoring drive of the game.
“That was a huge, huge play,” Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill said.
“We wanted to make sure we did the right thing there.”
The Dolphins (8-8) went on to lose that game 28-16.
They also were forced to give up a pair of touchdown passes by Tannehills receivers on their final possessions.
The first came on a 3-yard TD pass from Ajayu, who was hit in the face by a pass intended for Josh Doctson, the Browns quarterback.
The second came on the Dolphins’ second possession when Tannehar failed to get the Browns into field-goal range and instead had to punt the ball.
On the drive, the first-year quarterback was sacked twice and threw three interceptions.
The Browns also forced two punts.
But Miami was able to make it to halftime and scored on the first possession.
Tannehuhti hit a 19-yard pass to Ajayus, who broke off a 30-yard run for a 6-0 lead.
Then, after a Tannehalihi field goal attempt bounced off the right upright, Ajayah caught the pass and ran for a 27-yard score to give Miami a 23-7 lead.
After the Browns missed a pair, the teams combined for 18 of the Dolphins 20 points.
“We got the guys back on the field, we got the right guys back, and we got to the end zone,” Tannehaill said.
“And that was just a testament to our guys.
We made a lot of plays and made a big play, but they put us in a situation where we couldn’t run, they had to put us into field goal range, and I was just happy to see them make a play on that third-and-5 and win it.”
The Browns (9-8), who have lost five straight, moved to 5-1 with the win.
They have lost eight of their last nine games and will try to avoid a sixth straight losing season Sunday.
“I think they’re a tough team to beat.
I think the thing that you’ve got to remember is they’ve won three of their six games against us,” Tanneshaill told reporters.
“It’s tough to beat them, especially with a young team.
But it’s a great team, and it’s tough.”