Thus far, this season has not gone the way us Browns fans thought it was going to go. The expectations were higher than usual with the acquisition of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., Baker Mayfield heading into his second season as the quarterback and a strong finish last year that was supposed to carry over.
A Week 1, 43-13, loss at home to the Tennessee Titans started the team off on the wrong foot and it never quite got better.
Sitting at 2-5 after three-straight losses and the Browns face a 2-6 Denver Broncos team on the road. They are on their third-string quarterback, Brandon Allen. Regular starter and familiar foe (with Baltimore) Joe Flacco is on injured reserve with a neck ailment.
Now, most of the Browns’ losses this year have come with some type of explanation. Should they have lost all five times? No, but it’s not like this upcoming week. Against these Broncos, there is literally no excuse to lose.
Yeah, it’s like that (amazing) Rocky III beach scene where he admits he’s afraid. If the Browns lose to a third-string quarterback and a 2-6 squad, head coach Freddie Kitchens might as well not get on the plane back to Cleveland.
This team has so much talent and that is what’s most frustrating about these Browns. Growing up, it was typically expected for the team to fail miserably. Unfortunately, it wasn’t supposed to be like that in 2019.
I would like to see the Browns soundly win over a team they are clearly better than. Yeah, it’s on the road, but there are so many factors going in the Browns’ favor. It would simply be inexcusable to lose.
Say the team does lose and this city is going to go crazy. I fear for that reaction and I hope it doesn’t come to that reality. From the fans to the media and the players themselves, it would be really bad.
And honestly, it should be.
However, a win sets the team right back on track with a second-half schedule that is extremely favorable. A chance to go on a run and compete for a playoff spot. This week could totally change the outlook of the season.
Let’s go into Mile High and take care of business. I’d like to see a disciplined team with no fumbles, stupid plays or idiotic play calls.