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  • March 28, 2019
    MIAMI -- Quarterbacks keep coming off the bench against the Miami Dolphins, who are still looking for a backup they can beat.Last week they couldnt stop Jimmy Garoppolo or rookie Jacoby Brissett, who combined to fill in for Tom Brady and help the New England Patriots win 31-24. On Sunday the Dolphins face the Cleveland Browns, who will start their third QB in as many games.Rookie Cody Kessler becomes the Browns 26th starter since 1999, replacing the injured Josh McCown, who replaced the injured Robert Griffin III.The Dolphins have learned the hard way not to take a sub lightly.We played against a third-string quarterback last week, and he did very well against us, linebacker Jelani Jenkins said. The NFL is the best of the NFL.Not always. Here are things to know about this weeks only matchup between 0-2 teams:BACKUP PLAN: The Dolphins gave up 465 yards to an offense led by Garoppolo and Brissett, including 326 passing. But those backups had a much better supporting cast than Kessler has.We are not getting dragged under, I promise you that, Browns first-year coach Hue Jackson said. We are going to keep fighting. This is so early in the season. I would probably feel a little bit different and I might be hanging from the rafters up here if this was Week 14 or something and all this was going on, but it is early.If it wasnt bad enough that Jackson had to rush his third-round draft pick into the QB spot before he was truly ready, Kessler lost his top target when rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman broke his hand in practice Wednesday. After being slowed by a hamstring injury in training camp, Coleman was beginning to show signs of being a dependable playmaker. He had two touchdowns last week against Baltimore and has given Cleveland a deep threat while the team awaits former Pro Bowler Josh Gordon to return from a four-game suspension for numerous drug violations.The loss of Coleman could mean more touches for Terrelle Pryor, the quarterback turned receiver, who seems to get better every time he takes the field.GROUNDED: Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is the Dolphins leading rusher, which shows how bad their ground game has been.Miami running backs have combined for 82 yards in 25 carries (3.3 average), while Tannehill has 52 yards in 11 attempts (4.7 average). With Arian Foster hobbled by a groin injury, second-year pro Jay Ajayi is likely to make his first NFL start.We need to do a better job, Ajayi said. This week is going to be a week for us to make that statement. We can be downhill guys.FALLING BEHIND: Slow starts have been a problem for the Dolphins, especially on offense. In the first half they have yet to manage a touchdown while being outscored 30-6.The last two weeks, as an offense, weve hurt our defense by not getting them off the field early in games, Tannehill said. It has come back to bite us at the end of the games. So we need to move the ball early, get points on the board and give our defense a break.The Browns, by contrast, blew a big lead last week. They led Baltimore 20-0 after less than 10 minutes, but didnt score again and lost 25-20.To be a real successful team, you have to finish, Jackson said. That is something that we can learn.HOW LOUD? The game will be the Dolphins first chance to turn up the volume in their renovated stadium .A $500 million renovation includes a canopy that protects fans from the sun and is expected to make the stadium louder. The Dolphins only previous appearance under the canopy was a sparsely attended exhibition game, but Sundays game is a sellout.ROAD WEARY: The Browns are in a stretch of playing three road games in four weeks, hardly an ideal way for a team to break in 16 rookies or get off to a good start. And even after they return home on Oct. 9 to host New England in Bradys return from his Deflategate suspension, the Browns will play their next two games on the road, giving them five in the first seven weeks.---AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this report.---AP NFL website: and Steven Wine on Twitter: His work can be found at Cheap Jordan 13 Online .ca. Hey Kerry, big fan of yours, just finished reading your book. I think that we all saw the Canucks/Flames line brawl just after puck drop. It was obvious that something was about to happen, even to the referees because the fourth lines were on to start. Jordan 13 For Sale Cheap . 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Colin Wilson had two goals and an assist, and Mike Fisher scored a goal and helped set up two others in the Predators 6-4 victory over the Red Wings on Monday night.GOING, Austria -- FIFA President Sepp Blatter said Brazil might have been the wrong choice as host of the 2014 World Cup if the tournament is affected by social protests like those as at the Confederations Cup last month. Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets during the warm-up tournament in June, demanding better public services and expressing their anger over the costs to stage the World Cup. "If this happens again we have to question whether we made the wrong decision awarding the hosting rights," Blatter told German press agency DPA on Wednesday. FIFA spoke with the Brazilian government after the Confederations Cup, and Blatter said hell discuss the issue again with Brazil President Dilma Rousseff in September. "We didnt do a political debriefing, but we did emphasize the fact of this social unrest being there for the entire duration of the Confederations Cup," he said. "The government is now aware that next year the World Cup shouldnt be disturbed. "To me, these protests were like alarm bells for the government, the senate, the parliament. They should work on it so that this is not going to happen again. Though protests, if peaceful, are part of democracy and therefore have to be accepted ... we are convinced the government, and especially the president, will find the words and the actions to prevent a repeat. They have a year to do so." Blatter was speaking at the start of a two-day conference on sports, media and economy set up by German great Franz Beckenbauer in Austria. FIFA later verified the comments were accurate. The Confederations Cup, which was won by Brazil, angered citizens who are upset with the billions of dollars spent on the tournaments while they endure underfunded schools and hospitals.dddddddddddd Protesters aired a wide spectrum of grievances, including the high cost of hosting the 2016 Rio Olympics. The protests were originally organized by university students before spreading across the country, including tournament host cities Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Fortaleza and Belo Horizonte. "Its not we who have to learn lessons from the protests in Brazil -- politics in Brazil have to do that," said Blatter, adding that "FIFA cannot be held responsible" for social discrepancy in the country. Without FIFAs executive committee having to vote, Brazil won the right to host the tournament in October 2007. That was six months after the only other candidate, Colombia, withdrew its bid. "The decision for Brazil was the best decision we could make. It was the correct decision, we stick to this decision," Blatter said. Blatter said the success of next years tournament will be instrumental in his decision whether to stand for president for a fifth time in 2015, adding that not all of the governing bodys tasks have been fulfilled yet. "First we have to complete the reforms, which are three-quarters done. Ill then have to deliver the World Cup ... the way the world looks now, Ill say yes or no (to standing again) at the next congress in Sao Paulo in 2014," he said. "FIFA should be taken over by someone who can take over a FIFA which is not just financially healthy, which it is now, but which also has credibility." ' ' '