There are a lot of factors that go into an NFL Game and all of the storylines that come with it. To start the opening week, the Cleveland Browns venture to Carolina to take on the Panthers on September 11th.
Now, why is this more meaningful than a road game against an NFC opponent? Well, of course. It’s against quarterback Baker Mayfield. The former starting quarterback for the Browns. He won the starting job over quarterback Sam Darnold after being traded to Carolina this past off-season.
Obviously, each team wants to win the first game of the season. However, is it really a “Revenge Game?”
First of all, there isn’t much to hold against Baker Mayfield. The only factor being that he wasn’t cut the be the starter for the Browns. That’s why they subsequently traded him to Carolina and signed quarterback Deshaun Watson to that huge contract.
Additionally, it’s a road game. Thus, the vast majority of Cleveland fans won’t get to truly voice their opinions because it’s not at First Energy Stadium here in The 216.
Deshaun Watson isn’t going to be playing either as this will be the first game of the 11-game suspension he has to serve this season. Thus, the outcome can’t truly be taken into account by fans because the real starter isn’t playing.
Finally, the Browns and Cleveland fans don’t have a “rivlalry” against the Carolina Panthers unlike say quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers at one point in time…
Of course, Baker is going to want to beat the Browns. I would too if it were me at the quarterback position trying to stick it to Cleveland.
How can Baker truly get his “revenge?”
Well, if his Panthers (or team he plays quarterback for) end up facing the Browns in the Super Bowl and he beats them. That would truly be a “revenge game” and the ultimate way to stick it to Cleveland. It could be a big playoff game if he ends up on a different AFC team in the future…
I honestly still hold nothing against Baker. I don’t think you should have a reason to either. I wish him well except when he’s playing the Browns.
Let’s see what happens in Week 1 in Carolina and hopefully, the Browns can come away with a win. It won’t be so easy without Watson starting at quarterback, but the team better come out strong.
DE Myles Garrett said he wouldn’t mind a couple of sacks on the former Browns quarterback and that would be nice to see. This is what he said via NFL.com
“He’s my former teammate, but there’s no rivalry there between me and him and there’s no rivalry there between the Panthers and the Browns,” Garrett said of Mayfield on Tuesday. “Yes, he was here, but that doesn’t mean I have an added sense of urgency to get to him. I want to play my best, and whatever’s in the cards that’s what’s in for me. But if I can help my team win, if I can put them in the best position to win, I’m going to do that.”
Of course, Week 1 is going to be a team effort in order to garner a victory and that’s for sure…Go Browns!