Browns @ Raiders
The Cleveland Browns head west to the Black Hole on Sunday to face the winless Raiders.
Cleveland has already exceeded their 2017 win total because, well, they simply just won one game so far, after going winless for the entire 2017 season.
They have a new starting quarterback in first overall pick Baker Mayfield. The team named Mayfield its starting quarterback earlier this week after his performance in his first regular-season action when their starter (at the time) Tyrod Taylor went down with a concussion.
I believe that the Browns have finally found the quarterback they’ve been searching for in what has seemed like an eternity.
Cleveland has shown that they can actually be competitive this season, as they almost beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in week one, but ended up tying them. They also took the New Orleans Saints to the wire.
They’ve got some pretty good offensive weapons in wide receiver Jarvis Landry, tight end David Njoku, and running back Carlos Hyde.
The best thing for their offense (and this will likely be a trend throughout the season) is that they will not have to face pass rusher and defensive MVP candidate Khalil Mack. I think Jon Gruden’s decision to trade Mack to the Bears has doomed the Raiders.
Browns 30, Raiders 23
The Raiders are 0-3 this year under new head coach Jon Gruden, and I don’t see them getting into the win column this week.
The Browns are 1-1-1 and are fired up after a huge win with rookie QB Baker Mayfield coming in to lead a comeback. This conference match-up is going to feature a shocking performance from the Browns.
With a stout defense and numerous offensive weapons like Jarvis Landry at their disposal, Cleveland is going to use their momentum from the last two weeks to run a clinic on the Raiders.
I just don’t see any bright spots on this Raiders team this year, and the lack of star power on that team is going to cost them a fourth straight loss to open the season.
Browns 31, Raiders 10