If I was a fan of a different team that had the Browns on the schedule, that game would be circled, starred and highlighted.
Let’s look at this from a perspective outside of being the Browns die-hard I am and you probably are, too.
The Browns have gotten so much press this offseason. The media won’t shut up about this team. With characters such as Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham Jr., there is always something to talk about, especially if Antonio Brown starts behaving.
Plus, the drastic turn-around from winless to a potential Super Bowl team in two years is actually unreal.
Any good team gets an amped-up opponent. With the Browns, it’ll be that and then some.
So what does all of this mean?
The Browns are going to have to prove that they can put all of this talent together and not just against an opponent, but a team that is hungry and salivating like my dog when bacon is cooking.
A comparison to the Patriots is one I like. It is a team the Browns will face Week 8 of this season on the road in Foxboro.
Every team in the league wants to destroy the Patriots for so many reasons. The rings, Pretty-Boy Brady, Belichick and more. The Browns may have different reasons, but it’s that same type of juice from the opponent.
The Browns lose games because the opponent they face ends up playing exemplary football with a yearning desire for a win against “those damn Browns.”
Is this for sure going to happen?
Well, of course not. It’s simply just something to note and every team has to go through it if they want to be the best of the best.
The Browns must flip on their own switch. Realize that being successful is going to be the most difficult thing ever. But in order to hoist up that Lombardi trophy, at some point, and truly go down as one of the greatest teams there ever was, it will take that extra drive and focus each and every week. Talk is cheap. All that’s left is to do it.