Cleveland Browns: Five most difficult road games in 2017
5. Indianapolis Colts, Week 3
After beginning the season with a home game against bitter rival Pittsburgh, the Browns take a two-game road trip, concluding with one of their shortest journeys of the season.
Not far to their west is Indianapolis, Indiana, and Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Colts. The Colts were just 8-8 last season, respectable but disappointing according to their elevated standards. Their 4-4 home record also isn’t up to par, but other factors including a difficult schedule and a Luck injury contributed.
Still, defeating them on their turf is quite the task. The climate controlled indoor stadium gives their passing attack assurance that weather won’t be a factor whatsoever. Since Andrew Luck is one of the best young quarterbacks in football, and the running game is a bit lacking, the Colts will be predictable but still virtually unstoppable in the passing attack.
In order to combat this, Cleveland’s only choice is to minimize the damage to their secondary and try to match the points that their defense will inevitably surrender. It’s a tough task without a doubt, but these are the types of games contending football teams have to win.
Any sort of sign of encouragement in this contest will be welcomed, given that it is still early in a rebuilding season.