Cleveland Browns: 2013-2014 Season Predictions
Coming off a dreadful 5-11 season, the Browns’ starters have looked tremendous in two of their last three preseason games. Quarterback Brandon Weeden looks far, far better than he did at any point as a rookie last year.
The defense has played well and the special teams have made big plays.
The positive vibes start with Weeden. He looks much more confident. He suffered through a really unexceptional rookie season, and has even had to endure Browns coach Rob Chudzinski saying last week that he’s fighting for his job this preseason, that his until he was named the starting QB.
With the Browns preparing to wrap up their last preseason game against the Bears Aug 29th, the questions still remains…How will the Browns fare this upcoming season?
Let’s break down their schedule:
Week 1: vs. Miami Dolphins
Brandon Weeden vs. Ryan Tannehill
This should make for a pretty interesting match up against two second-year quarterbacks trying to prove they can lead their team to a successful season. The Dolphins have added a few key additions to the team, however, the Browns should be able to take care of business against Miami’s inconsistencies and win the home opening.
Browns 17-14 (1-0)
Week 2: @ Baltimore Ravens
Taking on and defeating the defending Super Bowl champions at their home stadium will not be an easy task. Granted, the Browns are a better team this year, and even though the Ravens have lost quite a few key players to injury, retirement and free agency, it’s not going to be enough to encumber Joe Flacco and the Ravens.
Ravens 21-13 (1-1)
Week 3: @ Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings lost Percy Harvin, and gained Greg Jennings. Christian Ponder is their QB, but Adrian Peterson (AP) is still a beast. The jury is still out on how well Christian Ponder will do, but one thing’s for sure, they’ll be looking to lean on AP. With top pass rusher Jared Allen running around, the Browns will look for Trent Richardson to open up the run game, causing Minnesota to stack the box, leaving the window open for Brandon Weeden and Jordan Cameron to go airborne.
Browns 20-13 (2-1)
Week 4: vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The Battle of Ohio.
The Bengals will be led by Andy Dalton and A.J. Green (arguably one of the league’s best receivers). Too much fire power for the Bengals. I’m not predicting a blowout, but the end result should not come into question.
Bengals 31-21 (2-2)
Week 5: vs. Buffalo Bills
The Bills have a dangerous player in CJ Spiller, but the Browns have enough talent on the O-Line to destroy the Bills front 7.
Browns 31-Bills 13 (3-2)
Week 6: vs. Detroit Lions
This game will be the battle of arms.
The passing attack will be the focus of this game, so don’t expect a low score. This will be a shootout. It’s a home game for the Browns, which gives them the slight advantage. If Cleveland can establish an early run game with Richardson, the Browns should win this one.
Browns 33-Lions 28 (4-2)
Week 7: @ Green Bay Packers
Upsets do happen, but unfortunately, the likelihood of that happening in this game is slim to none. The Packers have one of the leagues top offensive units; anchored by one of the best QBs in the league.
Packers 35-Browns 13 (4-3)
Week 8: @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Browns crushed the Chiefs last season 30-7, but KC was without Alex Smith & Andy Reid. This game will decided by Cleveland’s ability to capitalize on turnovers, and Kansas City playing a virtually mistake free game.
Browns 24-13 (5-3)
Week 9: vs. Baltimore Ravens
Ravens come to Berea, Ohio underestimating a much improved Browns team in their home stadium. Browns take this one.
Browns 21-17 (6-3)
Week 10: Bye
Week 11: @Bengals
Same story, different stadium. Bengals just too much for the Brownies.
Bengals 34-21 (6-4)
Week 12: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Per Jerome Bettis, the Steelers are 1-2 years away from being back on top. The Browns can steal one at home in this heavily heated rivalry.
Browns 20-14 (7-4)
Week 13: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Browns are progressing, and the Jaguars are regressing. Cleveland has all but won this game without even playing. Let’s just hope the Browns can finish the game from start to finish.
Browns 28-17 (8-4)
Week 14: @ New England Patriots
The Patriots have Tom Brady who doesn’t appear to be slowing down no time soon, and will have moved on from Aaron Hernandez and Wes Welker. I think the Patriots will be too much for the Browns, and Cleveland will have a very hard time keeping up.
Patriots 38-17 (8-5)
Week 15: vs. Chicago Bears
If the Bears can keep Jay Cutler protected, and the O-Line plays at full strength, it’ll be hard for Cleveland to edge the Bears. However, if Jay Cutler turns the ball over, the Browns have a chance to take this one at home by capitalizing off of turnovers. Weeden will have to play a monster game to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Bears 19-17 (8-6)
Week 16: @ New York Jets
The Jets are a mess right now. No one’s job is secure, and they just haven’t looked good the past couple of years. Their Tebow experience failed tremendously, and Rex Ryan is still the HC. The only upside is the newly drafted rookie Geno Smith, but even he’s not enough to push this team over the disaster hump.
Browns 24-17 (9-6)
Week: 17 @ Pittsburgh Steelers
With a potential playoff berth on the line, the Browns will have to leave it all on the field to withstand the terrible towel in the Burgh’. It’ll take a huge effort from the entire Browns team; Weeden has to play practically flawless, and the defense has to click on all cylinders to pull off this upset, but I think they shock the football nation and earn the wild card playoff spot after winning the last game of the season in dramatic fashion.
Browns 10-7 (10-6)
Cleveland Browns 10-6 (Wildcard)
The Cleveland Browns have a relatively easier schedule than most this season and a real legitimate chance to make the playoffs. The only team that stands between them and the playoffs is themselves.
Written By: @yagirltee