Daily Dawg Tags: Previewing the season opener

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There are plenty of storylines to cover as we look ahead to Sunday’s matchup between the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

There will come a day, I hope, when the Cleveland Browns are so good that there aren’t countless concerning storylines that accompany a Week 1 game.

A day when one of the most notable players in post-1999 team history didn’t sign with the Week 1 opponent and when the starting quarterback isn’t a rookie who didn’t win the job until the end of training camp.

But hey, we certainly aren’t complaining.

For the first time in a long time, a Browns team enters a season with a legitimate plan in place by the front office to get better. All the storylines being discussed also seem to omit the fact the team drafted a defensive star in Myles Garrett, while the new rookie safety/returner isn’t too bad either.

The plan obviously has to pan out, but at least there are legitimate reasons to be excited instead of praying that RG3 will play like his old self. 2016 was really rough now that I think about it.

Wins remain the most important thing of all, and the Browns can shock their fans and the NFL world by taking down the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday. Some may call it wishful thinking, but this team is much better than last year.

We take a look at Sunday’s game and other news from around the NFL in today’s edition of the Daily Dawg Tags.

Cleveland Browns news:

Previewing Week 1 in the DPD Podcast

"The Cleveland Browns open the season this Sunday, so we took a look at all the storylines surrounding the team in the latest episode of the DPD Podcast."

DeShone Kizer battling history and Steelers on opening day

"Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer will be taking on recent history as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers in his professional debut."

Browns’ practice squad includes drafted WR Rashard Higgins (ESPN)

"The Cleveland Browns have nine of the spots filled on their 10-man practice squad as of mid-day Tuesday."

Browns name team captains, local media awards Myles Garrett (DBN)

"The Cleveland Browns named their team captains for the 2017 season on Monday, with five earning the honors as voted on my their teammates."

NFL news:

2017 NFL season preview (FanSided)

"The NFL season is only days away. Which teams are the favorites for Super Bowl LII. Our Matt Verderame gives his power rankings headed into Week 1."

Harold Henderson upholds Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension (PFT)

"Harold Henderson upheld Ezekiel Elliott‘s six-game suspension, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen first reported, but that doesn’t mean it’s over."