Writer: Mike Lukas
I’ll tell you right up front, I’m a Cleveland Browns fan since 1973, so I would never predict for them to lose a game. Ever.
Leave that ugly job to the serious sports writers and babbling heads on TV.
However, I would be happy to tell you how the Browns will win every time, which they will do during this 100th NFL season. Often.
That’s every fan’s job, to yes-and their football team, and I’m glad to do it for these 2019 Browns.
For instance, this Sunday, when they play the Tennessee Titans at home in Week 1, I confidently predict a Browns win by at least a touchdown.
John “FullDorse” Dorsey’s souped-up roster will live up to all their offseason hype and prove on a regular-season field that they can actually win games that count. Like this one. And that things will be far different from now on in the AFC North. Vastly.
The oddsmakers will give you the Titans and five-and-a-half points right now but I wouldn’t take it. Not unless you think that Marcus Mariota throwing to Corey Davis, Tajae Sharpe and Adam Humphries sounds more fertile than Baker Mayfield firing dimes to Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry, and Rashard Higgins.
Or unless you have more belief in Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis than you do in Nick Chubb and Dontrell Hilliard.
You certainly can’t have faith in the Titans offensive potential if you witnessed the havoc that the Browns’ starting defensive front wreaked during their preseason snaps in Tampa Bay. That August day when Myles Garrett, Olivier Vernon and pals Larry and Sheldon put the fear of Dorsey into Jameis Winston’s fleeing skull.
No, if you saw what the Browns’ D did during that game (4 sacks, 2 interceptions, and 71 tackles) you would never bet your money against them. Ever.
You might, instead, start penning your ‘Get Well Soon’ message to Mariota. Being sure to send an additional copy to the Titan’s special teams unit once they’ve been subjected to a full game of the Scottish Hammer.
This most likely won’t be a high scoring matchup on Sunday – both offenses will still be blowing the offseason rust out of their carbs – but the Browns will show flashes of the good things to come on all three sides of the ball.
Relax (finally) and enjoy as jolly Kitchens reminds the Cleveland fan base and the football world of why his game planning and play calling turned the second-half Browns into winners last season.
The 2019 Cleveland Browns are a better team on paper than the Tennessee Titans and on Sunday they will prove it live on the FirstEnergy gridiron by winning. Count on it.
Final score prediction: Browns 24, Titans 17