Week 1 offers a great rematch between the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs. Here are 5 bold predictions for that contest.
It’s been a long offseason but it’s finally coming to an end for Cleveland Browns fans. On Sunday, Sept. 12, they play their first regular-season game of the year as they travel to Kansas City to face the Chiefs.
The NFL Schedule makers are a cruel bunch as they know the Browns are still looking for that elusive first opening weekend win since 2004, and they gave them a real test in Week 1 to try and notch that victory. The good news is, Cleveland is much better than they have been in years and they have extra motivation since this is the same team that ended their last campaign in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs.
Here we look ahead to the big game and make five bold predictions for the Browns in Week 1.
Cleveland Browns bold prediction No. 5: John Johnson creates a turnover in debut
General manager Andrew Berry made it no secret that he wanted to improve the Browns defense this season. He did just that by signing several players including Troy Hill, Jadeveon Clowney, Takk McKinley, and Anthony Walker. However, the first move he made was arguably the best which was when he signed safety John Johnson II who came over from the Los Angeles Rams.
Johnson and Cleveland agreed to a three-year deal worth $33.75 million and after watching Harrison Smith and Jamal Adams break the bank, it became even more apparent they got an absolute steal. A stellar player in both coverage and against the run, JJIII is easily the best safety on this roster and will quickly become a leader in the secondary.
He will also make a quick impact according to this bold prediction. Look for Johnson to make his presence known early by creating a turnover in his debut with the orange and brown.