NFL Week 1: Looking Ahead To Clevelands Matchup in Tampa Bay

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NFL Week 1: Looking Ahead To Clevelands Matchup in Tampa Bay
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As of this coming Sunday, 9/12/10, it will have been exactly 252 days since the Browns were on a football field.

Much has changed since then, both on the field and inside the organization.

Those changes will culminate in a tangible product this weekend when Cleveland travels down to Tampa Bay to face the Bucs, in game 1 of the 2010 NFL season.

Cautious optimism is tangible for every team, in every city, and probably none more so than in Cleveland, on the banks of Lake Erie.  There's reason to believe that Cleveland could be a much improved team in this, the 2010 NFL season.

To make things better, they have a winnable game right out of the gate.  And quite honestly, this is an ideal first opponent for the Browns.

Other BR writers have written about the importance of the Browns having a quick start, so I'll not cover that other than to say that I believe that it is of critical importance.

Looking at this match up, Browns fans have reason to feel confident in a win, and Believe in Now.

Tampa Bay has been a struggling for several years, and under Raheem Morris, the trend looks to continue.  Raheem Morris was highly touted as the next great young coach, and the reality is, it's just not true.

The Bucs last season lacked direction, consistency and overall will to win.  Probably what's worse in the eyes of Buc fans, is that on a weekly basis, they were outcoached by the opposition.

Alas, that was last year, and a new season is upon us.  That could all change in one swoop.

So, let's take a look at the game, and see how it bodes for Cleveland in Tampa Bay!

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