Well, the season is almost upon us. We now enough active members to support making a weekly game day thread. Everyone is encouraged to take a turn. You can use your own format, or you can follow one like this. I will take week one. I will post a separate sign up thread in a bit. So, here goes.....
When: Sunday Sept 13th 1:00 pm
TV: CBS TV
Radio: Browns Radio Network with Jim Donovan (PbP) and Doug Dieken (Analyst).
Local Weather: 81° high - 40% chance of showers.
What to look for:
How smooth the Browns offense functions.
I am really looking forward to this. 2019 was long on hype, and short on delivery of expectations. I think think the coaching staff upgrades will go a long way towards fixing that. Gone will be the deep 7 step drops hoping Baker does not get killed by a weak offensive line. It will be replaced by a game plan that accents the skill position players strengths, and finds a way to mask the not so great areas.
I would expect to see a heavy dose early of Chubb around the left side. This lets Wills block straight ahead until the jitters are gone, then followed by Baker with quick play action passes.
It begins and ends with neutralizing #8. He is a weapon that must be dealt with. Lamar claims that he wants to be more of a passed this season, and less of a runner. I want to give him that opportunity. I think our defense will be configured to do just that. The trio of safeties, Joseph, Sendejo, and Delpit will be featured prominently in keeping Lamar contained from the 12 to 20 yard runs that demoralize a defense.
Looking at the history of these two teams against one another - I will take the Browns with a key late TD to salt away the win - 35-21.