All eyes will be on Brandon Weeden when the Browns travel to Baltimore to take on the Ravens. Here are three other things to watch for:
The Cleveland Browns travel to Baltimore on Sunday to take on the Ravens.
It will be the home opener for Baltimore, which means they will be unveiling their Super Bowl banner and celebrating last season’s victory in front of the home fans.
Yeah, that’s going to be a laugh riot for the Browns.
Barring something strange happening, one of these teams will walk out of the stadium on Sunday with an 0-2 record on the season.
Let’s try to figure out who it will be.
Two weeks into the season, I already hate Geno Smith.
Clearly, the guy sucks. All you had to do is watch that AWFUL game between the Jets and the Pats on Thursday to know that.
But the one game that peckerwood IS gonna win this year was against Tampa - which sinks me in the Survivor Pool before it even started.
Damn you Greg Schiano! And you, Mr. Shove Geno When He's Out of Bounds, allowing the Jets the yardage they needed to kick the game winning FG... may your feces be the same size and consistency as a cinder block.
Now that I have that nonsense out of the way, Griffin had only 24 yards rushing last week, making the under a winner on the bonus pick. Consequently, BT and I tied last week with 3-3 records, while the other 2 gentlemen went an imposing 2-4. Clearly, we are just the victims of early season uncertainty, since our pedigrees are impeccable.
It was second verse, same as the first for the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in Baltimore.
An ineffective offense that could not find the end zone, a defense that played good enough to keep the Browns in the game but not good enough to win, and just enough mistakes all added up to a 14-6 loss to the Ravens.
It was the 11th consecutive time the Browns have lost to Baltimore and leaves the Browns at 0-2 on the season.
But it was more than just another loss. An off-season that was full of hope for an improved product on the field, especially on offense, has evaporated like a puddle after a rainstorm on a hot summer day. The season already feels lost, in large part because despite new players and the promise of a new philosophy on offense and defense, it looks and feels like the same old Browns.
All after just two games.
Some final thoughts on the Cleveland Browns opening-day loss to the Miami Dolphins, the ninth consecutive season-opening loss for the Browns and the 14th since the team returned in 1999.
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before …
Running back Trent Richardson ran the ball just 13 times against Miami – and just five times in the second half as the Browns repeatedly neglected Richardson so they could have Brandon Weeden throw the ball more.
“It was just the course of the game,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said on Monday. “Trent is a critical part of our offense. We want to give him the ball as much as we can. I thought in the first half we had a pretty good mix going there into the third quarter. We had a lot of two-minute situations yesterday, at the end of the half and then obviously as we got into the fourth quarter there. The real key is on third downs; we have to convert on third downs. We’ll get plenty of opportunities to get the ball to Trent as well.”
In the numbing sameness that serves as Cleveland Browns openers, or the Cleveland Browns generally, the only good news was reserved for the delusional. The rest of the AFC North also lost the first week and thus, technically, the Browns lost no ground except, I suppose, in the wild card race. So there's that.
The popular spin following Sunday's route at the hands of a very, very average Miami Dolphins team was that the defense played well until it was worn down by the amount of time it had to spend on the field on an otherwise beautiful, low humidity first day of the season. Don't buy it.
From the 500 section of the north side of the stadium, it was a beautiful view Sunday. The sky was clear, the water was blue, and the wind was dotting the lake with whitecaps which would occasionally burst open on the breakwater. A few boats idled about, and in the distance solitary planes would slide by. It was serene, peaceful.
Much in contrast to my seat about 100 feet away, since from there I could see the field.
Perhaps due to tailgating hard in preparation for what I knew was inevitably coming, I was angry before I even entered the stadium. I knew what I was about to see. And my anger didn't abate once the game began. I became The Guy That Everyone Hates - you know, the guy that sits there all pissy making disparaging comments and spewing "See?" and "I told you so" after each of his negative predictions comes true. I'm fairly certain that everyone in my section wanted to kill me. I hate that guy too, but even as I was doing it, I couldn't stop it. I came in expecting more of the same fucking garbage that I'd been forced to behold for the last decade and a half, and there they were, giving it to me, shoving it down my throat. It made me FURIOUS. I honestly cannot remember being so angry at a sporting event.
The Browns struggled mightily in their 17-16 Week 1 loss to the Eagles…no, wait, that was last season. Let me try again. The Browns blew their opening day game to the Cincinnati Bengals by a score of 27-17 after a miscommunication left star receiver A.J. Green wide open…nope, that’s not it either, that was two seasons ago. I got it now. The Browns got a nice defensive performance, but the offense led by Jake Delhomme struggled on their way to a 17-14 defeat to the Bucca…crap, that’s not it either.
Unfortunately, the Browns 23-10 Week 1 loss to the Miami Dolphins looked the same as any other Browns Week 1 debacle since the team returned in 1999. The roster and coaching staff may be different, but it’s the same old story on the lakefront. Here are the takeaways from the game.
Well, that certainly did not go the way the Cleveland Browns drew it up.
The Browns lost their season-opening game on Sunday against Miami in a very familiar fashion. The loss was the team’s ninth consecutive to open the season – the longest current streak in the NFL – and the Browns are now 1-14 to open the season since 1999.
After a complete off-season of working with new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, the offense came out and looked just like the same offense we saw in 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.
The first offensive drive ended in an interception when wide receiver Travis Benjamin did not fight hard enough for the ball; second series was three-and-out; third series ended in an interception when Greg Little could not catch a ball that hit him in the hands; fourth drive was stalled by an Oniel Cousins penalty; the fifth drive was another interception on a bad Brandon Weeden pass; and, well, you get the idea.
At some point the Cleveland Browns had to sign a kicker. Billy Cundiff, it's your turn in the box. Thankfully they signed Cundiff before Sunday's kickoff against Miami. But it was always iffy whether they'd get it done, wasn't it? With the Browns, where hope has been its only strategic plan for more than a decade, it's never wise to presume anything.
When Joe Banner took over as president of the club, his hiring signaled not just the end of Mike Holmgren (thankfully) but of Phil Dawson as well. Banner, as curmudgeonly of a sports executive as you're ever likely to
A little more than eight months after we last saw them in real game action, the Cleveland Browns return to the field on Sunday to open the 2013 NFL season.
The Browns will be at home, naturally, taking on the Miami Dolphins. Cleveland is 1-13 in season openers since returning to the NFL in 1999, a streak that would be nice to see them snap against the Dolphins.
Sunday’s game will mark the first game for Rob Chudzinski as an NFL head coach, the fifth time we have seen a coach make his NFL debut with the Orange and Brown since 1999.
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