Week 1: Browns at Baltimore Ravens
We would all love this to be a revenge game for the Browns who lost 31-15 at home against the Ravens in Week 16 last year. Unfortunately, Cleveland is at a huge disadvantage here since they’re trying to install a new offense and defense without having the luxury of any offseason work.
They’ll keep it close which is a testament to their new staff but an 0-1 start could very well be in the books. The good news is, this won’t be a blowout like Freddie Kitchens’ debut was.
Score: Baltimore 26, Cleveland 20
Week 2: Cincinnati Bengals at Browns (TNF)
After a Week 1 trip to Baltimore, the Browns go home to host the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football. Cincy will be trotting Joe Burrow out for his second game as he battles another No. 1 overall pick in Baker Mayfield.
The Bengals actually had a really good draft but they’re still a work in progress. Look for the Browns to dominate on the ground as they roll to an easy win — the first in the career of Kevin Stefanski.
Score: Cleveland 31, Cincinnati 17
Week 3: Washington Football Team and Browns
We can make fun of the name ‘The Football Team’ all we want, but Washington did the right thing dropping their old moniker. And while it makes no sense that they couldn’t figure out a new name, it’s hard to hate on their uniforms because they look awesome.
Sadly, their play on the field probably won’t be. There are a couple of former Ohio State stars like Dwayne Haskins and Terry McLaurin on offense and Chase Young will be a beast on defense but overall there are too many holes. Cleveland finds a way to reel off a second win in a row here.
Score: Cleveland 24, Washingon 13
September Record: 2-1
Overall Record: 2-1