Special Teams Give Cleveland A Chance Against Minnesota

gary wertmanCorrespondent ISeptember 11, 2009

CLEVELAND - AUGUST 22:  Joshua Cribbs #16 of the Cleveland Browns returns a punt against the Detroit Lions during the first quarter of their NFL game in Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 22, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Most so called experts are picking against Cleveland in their 2009 opener against Minnesota. After all the Vikings are the popular pick to win the NFC how could the hapless Browns beat them?

Special teams are the big advantage Cleveland will have in this game. Josh Cribbs and co. are one of the best units in the NFL. Offense just don't turn it over. Defense just contain them. If the Browns' offense and defense can keep do their job, the special teams will win this game for Cleveland.

Brad Seely has done an excellent job in all phases of the special teams. Guys like Blake Constanzo, Kaluka Maiava and Nick Sorenson just to name a few, take a lot of pride in doing one of the hardest jobs on the team. It doesn't hurt to have Josh Cribbs returning the ball either. Last year Minnesota gave up a ton of return yards and hopefully the holes are still there.

If Cleveland can win the field position battle and maybe get a return touchdown it could lead to a Browns victory.