Questions aplenty as Browns kick off 2018 season

Will it be the season of dreams or another season of screams?

Daryl Ruiter
September 09, 2018 - 10:58 am

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Berea, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The 2018 season marks the 20th one since the Browns returned to the NFL and they are desperate to prove they aren’t the same old sloppy team that’s taken the field for many of the previous 19.

With the Week 1 matchup the Browns look to end a pair of 17-game losing streaks: consecutive games and divisional game losses.

John Dorsey brought in 31 new players to resurrect a franchise that has lost 55 of their last 60 games, won just 88 and lost 216 since 1999 and finished last place 15 times but there are a bunch of questions to be answered.

Can Tyrod Taylor show that he is not just an average or serviceable quarterback?

How will new offensive coordinator Todd Haley share the ball between running backs Carlos Hyde, Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson?

Will Josh Gordon play all 16 games for the first time since his 2012 rookie season?

Can undrafted rookie Desmond Harrison play well enough not to get Taylor killed?

How long can Dorsey and Hue Jackson resist turning to Baker Mayfield?

How will this team respond to adversity be it injuries, consecutive losses or anything else that might pop up?

Can No. 4 overall pick Denzel Ward keep some of the top receivers in check? He’ll get a baptism by fire as a rookie with Antonio Brown and A.J. Green on the schedule twice plus Julio Jones and Michael Thomas on the docket.

Will Myles Garret remain healthy and fulfill expectations of a double-digit sack total, make the pro bowl, be named an all-pro and be in the conversation for defensive player of the year?

Expectations are high and here are our predictions:

Season of dreams prediction – Browns beat the Steelers to open the season, lose to the Saints in Week 2 but bounce back in Week 3 to take down the Jets in prime time to start the year 2-1. They alternate wins through the bye week and go 3-3 down the stretch to finish the season 7-9.

Season of screams prediction – A loss to the Steelers and Saints slows excitement over the rebuilt roster as win No. 1 doesn’t come until Week 3 against the Jets but after a win at home over the Ravens they drop 4 of 5 heading into the bye before dropping 4 of 6 down the stretch to finish 5-11.

Our prediction –  6-10.

NFL predictions – Patriots over Steelers in AFC Championship, Saints over Rams in the NFC Championship and Saints over Patriots in Super Bowl LIII