3 problems the Browns need to fix before Week 2

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2. Accuracy on intermediate-to-deep passes

Cleveland got the win and while they were aided by a roughing the passer penalty, Jacoby Brissett made enough plays to put them in range for York’s huge kick. However, that doesn’t mean he played well throughout the game.

Brissett missed several throws early in the game, including deep ones to Amari Cooper, Donovan Peoples-Jones, and Kareem Hunt who call could have scored with an accurate pass. He did have several good throws as well, including one to Donovan Peoples-Jones on second-and-20 that helped them get into a manageable situation on third-down.

Carolina ended up taking the lead late but for most of the game, the missed passes had little effect on the score. That won’t be the case with every team — especially when they get beyond Week 4.

That means Brissett needs to find a little more accuracy on the intermediate-to-deep throws. He showed he can hit the short ones with some ease, but the timing between him and the pass-catchers just wasn’t there in Week 1.

To be fair, he hardly saw the field in the preseason and didn’t pass it at all to Cooper when he did play. That means the first live-action they had together was against Carolina. Time should help them get on the same page, but it does need to be fixed quickly to make sure they win the games they’re supposed to while Deshaun Watson is suspended.