Schedule makers did the Cleveland Browns no favors
First quarter: A tough way to start
The Browns will play their first three games in 11 days thanks to being on the Thursday Night Football slate early on in the season. Fortunately for them, two of those games are at home which will at least keep them on a friendly field for most of this difficult stretch.
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The season will start at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers (practicing our punt protection should begin in earnest). Game three is the Browns only prime time game, a Thursday night matchup at home against the New York Jets.
However, sandwiched in-between those games, is a trip to New Orleans to face the Saints. The first four ends with a trip to the Black Hole to face the Oakland Raiders and their new — but old — head coach Jon Gruden.
Way too early predictions:
Week 1: Loss (Steelers) – I want to be wrong so badly. I just don’t see it … yet.
Week 2: Loss (@Saints) – There’s just too much offense in the Big Easy
Week 3: Win (Jets) – The “new” Browns get their first win in a prime time matchup
Week 4: Win (@Raiders) – Since returning in 1999, the Browns are 3-3 in Oakland. In fairness, 0-1 against Chucky. Time to get a win against him.