3 expectations for the Cleveland Browns heading into Week 1

Browns, Jacoby Brissett. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)
Browns, Jacoby Brissett. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images) /
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The Cleveland Browns will head to Carolina for an extremely difficult rematch vs. Baker Mayfield. Fans should head into week 1 with these 3 expectations.

As we are now just over a week from Cleveland Browns regular season football, the nerves are starting to kick in for most. Comparing apples to apples, this Browns roster is extremely talented. They have young playmakers at each spot on the defense, and perhaps one of the best running games in the league.

But as we all know, it takes a quarterback in this league to really be a contender. With Deshaun Watson out the first 11 games of the season, only time will tell if Jacoby Brissett can manage this offense. In his limited snaps this preseason, Brissett never got into a rhythm, but he also never had his full arsenal of weapons available.

Browns expectations heading into Week 1

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No. 3 – Slow start for the offense

As much as I hate to admit it, we can’t expect much from this offense in the first few series of the game. Guys like Nick Chubb, Amari Cooper, and Jack Conklin (hopefully he plays) have yet even to see a live snap this offseason.

There is certainly some comradery and rhythm that can be built in shared practices and training camp, but it’s just not the same as being on the field in a live game. The crowd noise and the adrenaline are things that can’t be replicated in those situations.

I think this is a very winnable game for the Browns, but don’t expect them to come out of the gates and score touchdowns on their first two drives. With a new quarterback and lack of snaps together, you are going to see some very conservative play calls to start the year.