Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Cleveland Browns - 2017 NFL Season Preview

CLEVELAND BROWNS                                                                                                                                           

2016 Record - 1-15-0

Head Coach - Hue Jackson

Offensive Rank - 30th (311 yards per game, 16.5 points per game)

Defensive Rank - 31st (392 yards allowed per game, 28.3 points allowed per game) 

The Browns enter the 2017 NFL season with nowhere to go but up after a one-win campaign. The key question for the team will be at the quarterback position where Cody Kessler is listed as the starter, but will have challenges from Brock Osweiler and rookie DeShone Kizer (Notre Dame) in camp.
Running backs Isaiah Crowell (952 yards and seven TD) and Duke Johnson (358 yards and 53 receptions) are decent. The wide receivers were led by Terrelle Pryor last year, but he left for Washington, leaving Kenny Britt (68 receptions for 1,002 yards and five TD with Rams) as the main target.
Top draft pick Myles Garrett (Texas A & M) will anchor the defense at the end spot and Jamar Taylor (three interceptions) is a ball hawk in the secondary. Linebacker Jamie Collins is a premier player and will be counted on. The Browns defense was near the bottom of the league last season, so they are definitely in need of help to improve. They only created 13 turnovers and were near the bottom of the NFL in sacks.

OUTLOOK FOR 2017 -   Head Coach Hue Jackson knows the team can do better after narrowly avoiding an 0-16 season and he will look to rookie Garrett to lead the way for the defense to turn things around. Rookie safety Jabrill Peppers (Michigan) is someone to keep an eye on as well.
The Browns have no realistic chance to escape the basement of the AFC North division, but they would like to avoid being the punching bag again after going 0-6 in division play last year.
The key in 2017 will be avoiding turnovers and how well Kessler plays after getting the nod for the upcoming season. The Browns should improve on last year's record, but not too much as a 3-13 record is likely. But that would be an improvement.

Week One - vs. Pittsburgh
Week Two - at Baltimore
Week Three - at Indianapolis
Week Four - vs. Cincinnati
Week Five - vs. NY Jets
Week Six - at Houston
Week Seven - vs. Tennessee
Week Eight - vs. Minnesota (London, England)
Week Nine - BYE
Week Ten - at Detroit
Week Eleven - vs. Jacksonville
Week Twelve - at Cincinnati
Week Thirteen - at LA Chargers
Week Fourteen - vs. Green Bay
Week Fifteen - vs. Baltimore
Week Sixteen - at Chicago
Week Seventeen - at Pittsburgh 

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