The Cleveland Browns open their season this Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. The team has only won one home opener since returning to the NFL in 1999. They have lost 13 of their season opener’s. Some think the home opener sets the tone for the rest of the season.
The Browns have a tough three game stretch in the month of September, they start against the Dolphins then face the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens and then the Vikings. The team needs to get off to a good start if they are going to have a winning season.
The keys to a victory over Miami will be able to control the tempo of the game. Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden has to get off to a fast start and he has to do it without his deep threat Josh Gordon who is suspended for the first 2 games of the regular season.
Someone is going to have to step up and make some big plays. If the Browns can avoid 3 and out when their offense is on the field they can control the game. Then this new Browns defense is going to have to do a better job of stopping the pass.
They struggled against team’s that like to throw the football. We all know the Dolphins quarterback likes to throw the football, if the Cleveland defense can keep pressure on the guy, they could get their offense back on the field.
The Browns defense is going to have to stop the Dolphins without the use of their number one draft pick Mingo who is out with an injury that hospitalized the rookie.
The key to a Browns victory will be Weeden avoiding mistakes and the Browns defense being able to stop the pass. If they can do that, there is a chance they could win the season opener. If they can’t it is going to be a long season.
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