Way-too-early Cleveland Browns 2019 season predictions
Week One: Tennessee – Win
In the last few years, the first regular season game is almost an extension of the preseason. For obvious reasons, starters play so little in the preseason that the first game of the season is often a little sloppy as teams try to figure out themselves and their opponent. That’s why I look favorably at the Browns opening opponent. The Titans were a playoff team in 2018, so they’ll have the Browns’ full attention. Last year, the Titans were a solid, well-coached team and I expect second-year coach Mike Vrabel to have the Titans ready to go. Despite their long drought of winning the opener, the Browns are the better team and get the opening week win.
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Week Two: @ N.Y. Jets – Win
The Browns first prime time appearance is against the Jets on Monday Night Football. This game will have a ton of story lines with Darnold versus Baker and Odell returning to the Meadowlands being among the headliners. And then there’s Gregg Williams, who is the Jets new defensive coordinator. Once again, I think the Browns will be facing an opponent who will be bringing their best, but the Browns have more weapons on both sides of the ball. Give the Browns the win as Baker owns Broadway.
Week Three: L.A. Rams – Win
The Browns go from Monday Night Football to Sunday Night Football for their second prime time game. Traveling to Cleveland will be the defending NFC champions. I’ve gone back and forth on this one. However, this is when I have to remind myself the Browns have a lot of weapons. They will be able to beat teams in different ways. That will certainly be required here as they will have a short week to prepare for the defending NFC champs. All eyes will be on the offenses and this early in the season, they won’t disappoint. The Browns win a shootout.
Week 4: @ Baltimore – Loss
The Browns close out the first quarter of their season with their only divisional game in the first half of the season. As with pretty much every Browns game this season, this one won’t lack for stories. Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield playing twice a year for the foreseeable future should be a lot of fun. The Browns will be coming off two prime time games and will fall short of a perfect 4-0 start in Charm City.
First quarter record: 3-1
Overall record: 3-1