Week 1 of Regular Season vs. Minnesota

What in the world is going on with all the injuries to start the season? Yesterday at 8 am, James Davis was in an accident on his way to practice. He sustained a head injury and was held at the hospital for observation. He’s listed a 50% chance of playing. Harrison is listed as questionable and Peerman is doubtful. That leaves our 2 “spark plug” running backs possibly out. Which leaves us Lewis. Eric Wright, Bowens and Rogers are also listed as questionable. This has been a regular occurrence at the start of the season for the last several years. That’s not what we need to start a hopeful season.

Quinn will get the start. Lewis will rush 35 times for 31 yards. The measuring stick for a top notch running back is 1,000 yards a season. If you think about it, that’s no more than mediocre anymore. That’s only 62.5 yards a game. It used to be 100 yards per game. The number of games go up so the carries go up and the yardage goes down to be a good running back. I don’t understand it. 1,000 yards used to be excellent, now it’s average, or at least should be.

I have been reading some of the (experts) opinions of the Browns this year, and the consensus seems to be, the D line is going to be our strong point. We certainly have some size there. I like the LB group. If the D line does their jobs, the LB’s should get some pressure on the QB. Didn’t Ryan tell us he has several surprises for us in the QB pressure category?

Excluding the injuries, I’m pretty secure in Quinn being the starter. Edwards and the rest of the receivers should be fine, the D line should be a heavy load for opposing O lines to handle, the LB group should be tough, the kicking game and special teams don’t worry me either. The areas that worry me are the right side of the O line, which may be corrected after some time playing together, and the D backfield. The young guys all have another year under their belts, but we sure got burned last year.

If we can’t get the running game going we will have to go to the air quite a bit. I think Quinn and the receivers can handle that but you have to have a mix of running and throwing. Maybe Cribbs will give us a KO return for a TD to help out. With Peterson and Minnesota’s D line we do have our work cut out for us. So “kick back” in your recliners, grab a cold one and get ready for another season Browns fans!!!! GO BROWNS

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