Nov 30, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns fans in the stands against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Ravens won 33-27. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
No Home Field Advantage
I usually love to see the Browns play at FirstEnergy Stadium in front of their loud home fans. However, at this point I would rather have the Browns play on the road. In doing so, the team would not have to deal with the home environment.
At this point in the season, the fans are very upset with the organization and will probably bring those emotions into the stadium with them on Sunday. That could be very bad depending on how the game goes.
As you probably saw or heard on Monday night, the Browns went down early and boos with “Johnny” chants filled the air as the Browns scrambled to get back into the game. I can only imagine that both the boos and “Johnny” chants will be amplified this weekend.
If the Browns do not get off to a good start, they will hear about it from the fans and that will not only eliminate the home field advantage, but it will likely turn the tables on the team.
Combine the annoyed Browns fans with the likely large amounts of Bengals fans, and you will get a pretty bad environment for the Browns to play in.
I am not here to tell fans how to act at the game, especially not for a 2-9 Browns team, but I have to state the present fact here. The Browns would much rather deal with a hostile environment in Cincinnati dealing with Bengals fans, rather than deal with a hostile environment at home with their own fans.
That will only add to the Browns struggles on Sunday.
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