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Ladies and Gentlemen, here is dishonorable mention No. 1 for Week 1 matchups. The Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals look to be fielding a couple of the NFL's worst teams in 2011.
The Cleveland Browns should have a solid defense and are building for the future, but young quarterback Colt McCoy has no legitimate No. 1 option at receiver, and running back Peyton Hillis is in for a regression this season. To be quite frank, the Browns have no true stars at any position other than Joe Haden at cornerback, who is just emerging as a second-year player.
One team that might be even worse, though, is the Cincinnati Bengals.
Now that Carson Palmer wants nothing to do with the program, it looks like it's time to begin a new era in Cincy: the Andy Dalton era. Forgive me if I'm off base, but I can't wrap my head around Dalton having much success in his rookie season, even if he does have a star receiver to throw to in A.J. Green.
Remember, Green is a rookie too, and although I think he was one of the safest picks in the 2011 NFL Draft, you never know how a rookie is going to respond. Having one throwing to another as starters isn't often a formula for success. And with Cedric Benson at running back, it's not like Dalton will have a superior ground game to lean on.
Despite struggling on offense in 2010, the Bengals fielded a solid defense led by Johnathan Joseph at cornerback, Carlos Dunlap at defensive end and a group of solid linebackers. Now that Joseph is gone, Cincy's defense won't be nearly as good as it was.
Poor Ohio folks. At least you can look forward to your Ohio State Buckeyes this season... maybe.
Either way, this won't be a fun NFL season for the state, and Week 1 will show it.