Away vs. Falcons (Oct. 2)
I’ll tell you this much, the Falcons rolling out Marcus Mariotta against the Browns and Jacoby Brissett will be the most equal quarterback contest you’ve ever seen. Sure, they have Drake London and former Browns player KhaDarrell Hodge, but then, what?
If Matt Ryan is still on this team, then sure, the Falcons have a clear path to victory. Insert your favorite Johnny Drama moment here. The Falcons, however, are looking at a much worse situation than last year. Last year Ryan threw the Falcons to 7-10, this year, they have even less talent and no Ryan.
The Browns really have no reason to let this one get away from them. The team can clearly control the action, and yes, the concern over the offensive line is real and genuine, but should they even get a bit out of their center, then this team will be able to rack up a load of rushing yards.
I don’t trust the Falcons offense to keep pace with Nick Chubb and Jerome Ford, and even if Brissett can’t will the ball pass seven yards, the team should be just fine here.
Browns Win: (24-13)