Week 3: vs Washington Redskins
The schedule makers didn’t do the Cleveland Browns any favors by having them open in the season in Baltimore taking on what will be considered a strong favorite to win the AFC North in the Ravens. Right out of the gate, the Browns are going to have to come out swinging.
Then they have an early turnaround for a Week 2 showdown against the Cincinnati Bengals. There are two trains of thought with having a Thursday night game this early in the season.
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The first point of view is, if you are going to play on Thursday you would rather it be during the early portion of the year so that your team is at their freshest. On the other side of the coin, this game is going to come just four short days after an extremely tough test against the Ravens.
This brings us to the Browns first trap game of the season, against the Washington Redskins. The Browns have no business losing to the Redskins this season…on paper. But as every Browns fan knows, it’s never that easy. The Browns roster is vastly superior to the Redskins and the game is at home. But the Browns have a trip to Jerry World the following weekend. It has all the makings of a trap game.
The Redskins greatly upgraded their pass rush by selecting game-wrecker Chase Young second overall in the draft this year. Chances are Young will spend a good portion of the game going up against a fellow rookie in Browns first-round pick Jedrick Wills. Due to the vital nature of both players’ positions, the winner of that matchup could have a substantial say in walks away with a victory.
On the other side of the ball, the Redskins have second-year quarterback Dwayne Haskins. While still being a widely unproven commodity, Haskins showed brief flashes of being a top tier talent last season. If Haskins was able to make the proverbial year-two leap, the Redskins could steal a game here and send the Browns to Dallas on a sour note.