Cleveland Browns 2015 game-by-game preview and predictions

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May 26, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans first round draft pick quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) passes during OTA drills at Saint Thomas Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Sept. 13, 2015 @ NY Jets

The Browns travel to the Meadowlands to open the 2015 season against the Jets. The Jets have a new coach in Todd Bowles and a retooled secondary as they brought in the likes of Darrelle Revis, Antonio Cromartie and former Brown Buster Skrine. The Jets will pride themselves on defense in 2015, while looking  to Geno Smith to manage the game and not make turnovers. For some reason, first-year head coaches perform well against the Browns, but I’m going against the grain here. Browns 17, Jets 13

Sept. 20, 2015 vs. Tennessee Titans

In the 2015 home opener the Browns host rookie QB Marcus Mariota and the Titans down at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Titans, coming off a 2-14 season in 2014, boast a retooled receiving core with the additions of Hakeem Nicks and Dorial Green-Beckham to Kendall Wright. Couple that with Mariota behind center and the Titans have the makings of a deep-threat offense that is capable of racking up the points fast. Unfortunately, they run into a Browns secondary that will nullify the passing game. Browns debunk the home opener curse in this one. Browns 24, Titans 16

Sept. 27, 2015 vs. Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr brings his Oakland Raiders to town for a Week 3 matchup. Carr comes in with new weapons at wide receiver in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree to throw the ball to. Besides that, the Raiders are a bit of an unknown. The defense is old but sprinkled with young talent such as Khalil Mack and DJ Hayden, but the question is how will the veterans hold up during the course of the season. The Raiders are still the Raiders. Browns 31, Raiders 20

Oct. 4, 2015 @ San Diego Chargers

The Browns make the cross-country trip to beautiful San Diego to face Phillip Rivers and the Chargers in week 4. Rivers is still an elite QB in the NFL and the Chargers added RB Melvin Gordon via the NFL Draft this year, along with returning veteran TE Antonio Gates. The Chargers are coming off a 9-7  campaign in 2014 and are an AFC West contender in 2015. The West Coast trip seems to be a lot for teams travelling from the East Coast, so expect the Browns to struggle in San Diego. Chargers 28, Browns 16

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