Week 1 vs the Pittsburgh Steelers
A new front office plus upgrades across the board, including quarterback and running back means plenty of excitement and optimism. That excitement will fuel Cleveland going into the regular season and they could not have asked for a better opening opponent: The Pittsburgh Steelers.
Pittsburgh has had Cleveland’s number for years. Although they are still the class of the AFC North, the Steelers very well could end up with a loss at the end of Week 1.
This Cleveland team is not like those of recent seasons. In fact, on paper, their roster is probably the best they have had since 1999.
With the number of options Todd Haley can throw out onto the field at once, led by Tyrod Taylor, are the Steelers going to be able to keep up? On offense, they have two of the best in the game so for Cleveland to win, they will have to rely on the offense more so in the opener. The Browns defense should do well but they cannot stop both Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.
That is why great play out of Taylor, Jarvis Landry, Josh Gordon, David Njoku needs to happen and a balanced running game must be seen . Outside of Artie Burns, Pittsburgh does not have a corner that can severely impact a game. Given that Haley is Pittsburgh’s former offensive coordinator, he is the X-factor for Cleveland. His experience in the 412 should lead to a few breaks for his new team.