By Dave Cuthbertson
WHY THE BROWNS WILL WIN:
There’s an element of the unknown that surrounds Cleveland. Brandon Weeden ran one of the most pass happy offenses we’ve seen in college and did an outstanding job. The way the NFL has grown and evolved into a passing league, the addition of Weeden gives the Browns a definite “win soon” attitude. This is the toughest team to look at and say they’ll win. A game.
This team finished at the bottom of the league in nearly every category except passing defense, where they finished second in the NFL – but why pass on a team you can just control the clock against? An impressive, but ultimately meaningless stat.
WHY THE BROWNS WILL LOSE:
Every year one team enters the season as a prohibitive favorite for the first overall pick, and there’s no hesitation across football that this year that infamy belongs to the Browns. They are undergoing a change at ownership, quarterback and running back. Pat Shurmur was hired to help develop quarterbacks, but it cannot be easy to develop a 28 year old quarterback. It’s been noted in many places, but it is still stunning that he is older than Aaron Rodgers. Their running back, Trent Richardson is a fantastic talent but his knees are worrisome to many, although he should bounce back and have a solid year behind a mediocre offensive line.
However, combine the youth, talent and schedule – this could be one of the worst teams we ever see take a football field.
Best case scenario: 2-14
Worst case scenario: 0-16 (their one winnable game is against the Colts and Andrew Luck is more talented than the entire Browns roster)
- By Dave Cuthbertson. Follow Dave on Twitter: @DaveSportsGuru