There likely isn’t such a thing as an easy game for the Cleveland Browns as most fans of the team would agree but these four games on the schedule should be
Cleveland Browns fans know there is no such thing as an easy game. Will that change in the near future as the team embarks on a new 2022 season?
We all know the answer to that is — probably not. We’re still several months away from that new season and many things could take place that may alter how we look at the impending schedule.
However, there are several games, that when you start analyzing at this point look like easier games than some so let’s discuss those games.
Week 2: New York Jets
This is Cleveland’s home opener and it’s a game against a team that has been pretty bad over the last several seasons. The Jets did have a nice draft where they picked former Ohio State Buckeye wide receiver, Garrett Wilson.
Even with the nice draft picks, the “Jets are the Jets” and the Browns should have a nice game and exploit the New York team’s flaws. The woeful Jets have a combined record of 6-27 these last two seasons. I look for a big offensive showing by Cleveland in this one and a player like Myles Garrett to collect a couple of sacks on the defensive side of the ball.
Week 4: Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons lost the face of their franchise in quarterback Matt Ryan when he departed to become the Indianapolis Colts quarterback this offseason. This happened because the Falcons were trying to acquire Deshaun Watson from the Houston Texans. The Browns landed Watson instead and Ryan decided to move onto a new team.
With that happening the Falcons look like they are going to roll with journeyman Marcus Mariota at quarterback. The Falcons weren’t very good these last few years as they haven’t had an above .500 season in the last four years.
Now with a new quarterback under center that has moved around a bit this game should be another relatively easy win for the Browns. I expect Cleveland to go down to Atlanta in this one and get a win early in the season.
Week 13: Houston Texans
The Browns beat the Texans a year ago pretty easily and they’ll do it again in this early December matchup down in Texas. Cleveland’s offense controlled the game a year ago with a nice rushing attack and were never really threatened.
This next contest will be down in Houston, but I expect the Browns to be playing good football at this point in the season and win going away. It could be the former Texan and now Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson’s going away present to his former team.
Week 17: Washington Commanders
This is a late-season matchup in Washington and because of that it’s difficult to make a definitive call on the final outcome but we’ll give it a shot! The Commanders have a new franchise quarterback in Carson Wentz.
The last time the Browns went against Wentz was two years ago during the 2020 season and he was with the Philadelphia Eagles. Cleveland played mind games with the former North Dakota State product and the No. 2 pick of the 2016 NFL Draft that Sunday afternoon. That dominating performance by the Cleveland defense included two interceptions and five sacks on Wentz.
I see the Browns defense doing the same thing in this contest and getting into the mental psyche of Wentz. I see the Browns playing inspired ball late in the year and using another strong defensive effort to mess with Wentz and the Commanders as Cleveland gets geared up for a playoff run.
Now, we know that all these games on the season schedule won’t likely go as we’d liked to script them today, but with a new franchise quarterback and an ever-improving defense, the Browns should be able to win and win a lot this season.