Writer: Elliot Kennel
Game: Cleveland Browns at New Orleans
Summary: The Cleveland Browns are major underdogs to the New Orleans Saints, but this game has upset written all over it. Since when is giving up 48 points and 500 yards to a team like Tampa Bay (led by 35-year-old backup QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, no less) a sign of a dominant team?
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Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams spent four years in New Orleans. If anyone can slow Brees down, it would be Williams. The Browns have depth in the defensive backfield after adding Denzel Ward, E. J. Gaines, Terrance Mitchell, and T. J. Carrie, along with holdovers Brien Boddy-Calhoun, Jabrill Peppers, and Derrick Kindred. Look for formations with extra DBs and pass rushers unless New Orleans can prove they can run the ball. They gained a whopping 43 yards last week.
The narratives favoring the Saints are mainly about mystique and nothing that they showed on the field. Oh, now they’re going to get mad, blah blah blah. But the Saints were terrible in Week 1, not just bad. The Browns were also disappointing but not nearly as bad and deserve to be slight favorites in Week 2.
Final score: Cleveland 27, New Orleans 24