Cleveland Browns: 5 reasons Browns will upset Ravens in Week 1

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1. Run, Run, Run

It’s no secret the Cleveland Browns will run the ball this season with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt occupying the backfield, but we said the same thing last year, if you’ll recall.

Of course, then head coach Freddie Kitchens loved to throw the ball around, when he should’ve been feeding Chubb and Hunt.

That shouldn’t be a problem for Kevin Stefanski, who as play caller of the Vikings a season ago dialed up 476 run plays, the fourth most in the NFL. Kitchens and the Browns were ranked 21st.

Rushing the ball just makes sense, considering where the Browns are as an offense right now. PFF tagged Chubb as the most elusive back in the game.

Jedrick Wills is going to have a tall order on Sunday, and having him protect Mayfield on 35-40 drop backs would be a big leap of faith.

Get the ball to Chubb and Hunt, perhaps the teams most two gifted skill players, and then passes will open up.