Bold predictions as the Cleveland Browns host the Bengals
Week 1 went about as poorly as it possibly could for the Cleveland Browns as they lost 38-to-6 on the road to the Baltimore Ravens. It was hard to predict the Browns win this game, with how good the Ravens were a season ago, plus the advantage they had entering the game.
With COVID-19 concerns, teams such as the Browns who were changing over their coaching staff are at an early disadvantage against teams like the Ravens, who had the same staff coming back. It isn’t an excuse, it’s just a fact. And it’s also something that won’t last all year long, but in Week 1 it mattered.
Having said all that, the 32 point loss was still inexcusable. No one expected that, and the Brown’s know that that cannot happen again. They have to be better, and the fact that they have a short week for week two is both a positive and a negative.
The negative is clearly the fact that it is such a short week. Already working to put a new system in, the Browns have only a few days to get ready for the Cincinnati Bengals. For the positive, it’s the fact that they only have a few days to try to get the sour taste out of their mouths.
Cleveland doesn’t have long to dwell on their loss to the Ravens, as they have to turn around quickly and start to focus on the game against Cincinnati. They’ll definitely look at the tape and try to fix a few things, but there’s not enough time to feel sorry for themselves or beat a dead horse by replaying the loss over and over.
The same goes for us, we can’t keep focusing on the Baltimore game. Instead, we need to look ahead to Thursday Night Football, which is what we do here with five bold predictions for the Browns in Week 2 against the Bengals.