One preseason game down for the Browns and three to go before we're off and running on the 2011 regular season, and that means it's time to start analyzing the matchups the Browns will be facing this year.
First, let's acknowledge the elephant on the page here—it is way, way too early to start predicting the outcome of regular season games.
Truthfully, I'm really not in the business of predicting scores or even wins anyway. I'll leave that to Princess the camel, who is quite possibly the world's most accurate football analyst.
However, analyzing how the matchups between the Browns and their opponents is a different story. Of course, until rosters are set and the teams start to come together, it's tough to provide any sort of absolute comparisons between opponents, but it's never too early to take a shot at it anyway, right?
Following are my predictions analyzing the matchups for the Browns in the first eight games of the season, focusing on examining the strengths and weaknesses of each opponent and how they could help or hurt the Browns each week.
Look for part two, analyzing the matchup for the Browns in games 9 -16 of the 2011 season, this Friday.
Note that the Browns bye week this season is Week 5 (Sunday, October 9th)