Cleveland Browns Season Predictions

Camryn Justice

Prediction: 5-11

The Browns have new potential with RG3 as their starting quarterback and Josh Gordon returning to play. I believe there will be holes in the defense which could lead to a fragile RG3 to sit due to injury on more than one occasion. Isaiah Crowell and Terrelle Pryor should make some major plays and with Hue Jackson running the calls the Browns should improve their record from last year, although not drastically in just a year.

 

Rocco Nuosci

Browns 5-11

The Browns have something that they have not had in quite some time: play makers. And quite a few of them at that. Unfortunately, star receiver Josh Gordon will be inactive until week 5 via suspension. However, the addition of Robert Griffin III (who I still think has some juice left in the tank) and his emergence as a team captain bodes well for the Browns. The chemistry between him and former Ohio State Buckeye standout Terrelle Pryor seems to have reached a decent level, and Pryor’s sheer frame and athletic ability gives him the potential to make big plays come Sundays this year. Corey Coleman also seems to have come into his own at slot receiver, so the Browns certainly have it figured out at receiver. However, everywhere else on the team certainly has room for improvement. The offensive line is definitely at the lowest point it has been at in recent years, and the defense…well they are still plain bad. After being ranked dead last last year while being the highest paid defense in the league, there were certainly questions to be answered. The departures of Paul Kruger and Justin Gilbert certainly lifts some dead weight, and while the defense still is not where it needs to be, it has definitely moved in the right direction. While I expect another losing season and another year of no playoffs, I definitely expect to see a much more entertaining Browns team if nothing else.

 

Isaiah Houde

Browns- 4-12

The Browns are a very touchy subject in Cleveland and have a long history of saying “there’s always next year”. I do not believe that this will be the case soon, and I believe that from here on the staff and players should stay the same. This year is the first year with Hue Jackson and RG3, so there will be growing pains, but I also believe that there will be consistency with this team that will carry on. This will make it so that the quarterback and coach contest at the end of every season will be non existent, and will allow the Browns to focus on needed positions and slowly progress to be a good NFL team. With all of that said, I do not believe that this will be the year, but it will be the base of something good in years to come.  

 

Cortez Grayson

Prediction: 6-10

The Browns are starting over again, and had 14 picks in the 2016 draft, who all made the team. They will be tested as rookies and will have a big role for the Browns to perform at a high level coming straight out of college. Cleveland should win some games, but the defense will haunt them throughout the season. The offense will do well at times, with RG3 in command. He will have plenty of targets to throw to including Terrell Pryor, rookie Corey Coleman, Josh Gordon who is suspended but will return week 5. Overall the Browns will look for improvement in the rookies this season, but will look to draft more players in 2017.  

 

Ben Thomas

Prediction: 2-14

Every week this season, the Titanic (I mean the Browns) will get a little closer to making it past that glacier, but at the end of the day, they usually sink. There will be flashes where Corey Coleman makes a play, or RG3 slides to avoid a hit, but at the end of the day, someone has to be the leagues punching bag. The best thing that can happen for Cleveland is having two top five picks next year and zero players making TMZ headlines.

 

Cullen Perdue

Prediction: 3-13

With a lot of young talent and inexperience, the Browns will struggle at times this season. They have some talent, mostly on the offensive side with Corey Coleman, Duke Johnson, Terrell Pryor and the returning Josh Gordon. The offensive will have some big plays and put up some points but the defensive will struggle. With no elite pass rusher and questionable defensive backs, the Browns will be giving up a bunch of yards. They will steal a game or two just by out scoring there opponents. With a record like this they should be in the running for the number one overall pick in the 2017 draft.

 

Jake Allen

Prediction: 3-13

The additions of Hue Jackson, RG3, and an excellent rookie draft class (including first round wide receiver Corey Coleman) add plenty of excitement for the future, but this current Browns club has a ton of holes. The defense may be even worse than they were last season. After losing Tashon Gipson and Donte Whitner, the safety duo of Jordan Poyer and Ibraheim Campbell is easily the worst in the league. Joe Haden and Tramon Williams form a formidable duo when healthy, but the position lacks depth. The team cut linebackers Karlos Dansby and Paul Kruger, let Craig Robinson leave for free agency, and traded Barkevious Mingo to New England, and signed Demario Davis from New York.  Davis will slot in with Christian Kirksey in the middle of the 3-4 defense. Youngsters Emmanuel Ogbah, Joe Schobert, and Nate Orchard look to provide a pass rush from the outside, with only Orchard recording a sack in his NFL career. The defensive line features last season’s first round pick Danny Shelton with Xavier Cooper and John Hughes. Expect to see a lot of reserve Carl Nassib on passing situations, after setting the all-time sack mark for Penn State. The defensive line will be a big factor to the Browns improving their porous run defense.

The offense lost Alex Mack and Mitchell Schwartz on the offensive line, as well as receiver Travis Benjamin. However, the team made improvements around the receiver group, and expect growth in running backs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson. The offense won’t be a big problem for the Browns this season, and it will even be able to make up for a terrible defense to win three games. Cleveland will once again fight for the number one draft pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

 

Matt Parrish

The Browns will have a better year than expected I believe. With a returning Josh Gordon in the early mid season, Pryor, Coleman, and Barnstar, RGIII actually has some targets to hit giving us a much more balanced offense. If RGIII can stay healthy all year then this record could even go up. I’m still going to count us losing 5 games by 3 or less points. Let’s see if the Browns can play 4 full quarters this year. If they can he might even hit a wildcard spot. I know I’m talking crazy, but 2016 has a different feel in Cleveland than previous years. Our running game is still questionable, and mediocre at best, so the offensive line really needs to step up and block for Crowell, Duke Johnson, and RGIII.

 

 


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NFL Season Predictions

Jake Allen:

NFC East- Dallas Cowboys

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Arizona Cardinals

NFC Wild Cards- Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Cincinnati Bengals

AFC South- Indianapolis Colts

AFC West- Kansas City Chiefs

AFC Wild Cards- Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars

Super Bowl: Green Bay vs. New England

Champion: Green Bay Packers

 

Cullen Perdue:

NFC East- New York Giants

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Arizona Cardinals

NFC Wild Cards- Seattle Seahawks and New Orleans Saints

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South- Indianapolis Colts

AFC West- Denver Broncos

AFC Wild Cards- Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders

Super Bowl- Green Bay vs. New England

Champion- Green Bay Packers

 

Cortez Grayson:

NFC East- New York Giants

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Seattle Seahawks

NFC Wild Cards- Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South- Indianapolis Colts

AFC West- Denver Broncos

AFC Wild Cards- Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills

Super Bowl- Carolina vs. New England

Champions: Carolina Panthers

 

Ben Thomas

NFC East- Washington Redskins

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Arizona Cardinals

NFC Wild Cards- Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Rams

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South- Houston Texans

AFC West- Denver Broncos

AFC Wild Cards- Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders

Super Bowl- New England vs. Arizona

Champion- New England Patriots

 

Nick Jordan

NFC East- Dallas Cowboys

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Arizona Cardinals

NFC Wild Cards- Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South- Houston Texans

AFC West- Oakland Raiders

AFC Wild Cards- Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars

Super Bowl- New England vs. Arizona

Champion- New England Patriots

 

Isaiah Houde

NFC East- New York Giants

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Arizona Cardinals

NFC Wild Cards- Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South- Houston Texans

AFC West- Kansas City Chiefs

AFC Wild Cards- Denver Broncos and New York Jets

Super Bowl- New England vs. Arizona

Champion- New England Patriots

 

Matt Parrish

NFC East- Dallas Cowboys

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Arizona Cardinals

NFC Wild Cards- Seattle Seahawks an Tampa Bay Buccaneers

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Cincinnati Bengals

AFC South- Houston Texans

AFC West- Kansas City Chiefs

AFC Wild Cards- Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers

Super Bowl- Carolina vs. Pittsburgh

Champion- Carolina Panthers

 

Khalil Smith

NFC East- Washington Redskins

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Arizona Cardinals

NFC Wild Cards- Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Cincinnati Bengals

AFC South- Houston Texans

AFC West- Kansas City Chiefs

AFC Wild Cards- Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders

Champion- Green Bay Packers

 

David Rodriguez

NFC East- Dallas Cowboys

NFC North- Minnesota Vikings

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Seattle Seahawks

NFC Wild Cards- Arizona Cardinals and Washington Redskins

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South- Jacksonville Jaguars

AFC West- Denver Broncos

AFC Wild Cards- Indianapolis Colts and New York Jets

Super Bowl- Pittsburgh vs. Carolina

Champion- Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Clay Wyers

NFC East- Washington Redskins

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Arizona Cardinals

NFC Wild Cards- Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South- Indianapolis Colts

AFC West- Denver Broncos

AFC Wild Cards- Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets

Super Bowl- Carolina vs. Indianapolis

Champion- Carolina Panthers

 

Rocco Nuosci

NFC East- New York Giants

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Arizona Cardinals

NFC Wild Cards- Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South- Jacksonville Jaguars

AFC West- Kansas City Chiefs

AFC Wild Cards- Oakland Raiders and Cincinnati Bengals

Super Bowl- Pittsburgh vs. Green Bay

Champion- Pittsburgh Steelers

 

Cami Justice

NFC East- New York Giants

NFC North- Green Bay Packers

NFC South- Carolina Panthers

NFC West- Seattle Seahawks

NFC Wild Cards- Arizona Cardinals and Minnesota Vikings

AFC East- New England Patriots

AFC North- Pittsburgh Steelers

AFC South- Jacksonville Jaguars

AFC West- Oakland Raiders

AFC Wild Cards- New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals

Champion- Seattle Seahawks


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Zips High Powered Offense In Complete Control

The Akron Zips won a solid game one of the season with little resistance. The Quarterback for the Zips, Thomas Woodson threw six touchdowns and four hundred and seven yards on the game which was phenomenal. The running game was solid with a rushing effort of a hundred and eight yards, and a touchdown from the Ohio State transfer, Warren Ball. Two receivers stood out to be sensational but the main receiver for Woodson was Jerome Lane, who had an amazing ten catches for a hundred and ninety-six yards, and tacked on two touchdowns.

A very quick start was ignited by the Zips defense, with a quick three and out and solid pursuit on a muffed snap. Akron came out of the tunnel ready to play, and awaiting the opening snap after a win in the Potato Bowl. Unfortunately, the opening offensive drive was initiated by a fumble by Akron’s JoJo Natson, and that gave the VMI Keydets a solid secondary drive that resulted in a touchdown run from VMI’s Quan Myers. Some optimism was sparked in the Zips with a forty-yard kick return, and then a forty-four-yard touchdown pass to Utah State state transfer, JoJo Natson. Following the touchdown, the momentum was carried with a concrete defensive stop, with another three and out.

To begin the following drive, Thomas Woodson threw another deep pass Austin Wolf for a forty-yard gain and just pushed more momentum. Thomas Woodson was on fire on that third drive with three passes for ninety yards, and had no incompletions. He capped the drive off with a touchdown to Jerome Lane, and went ninety-yards in one minute and eleven seconds. Following the first drive, the Zips defense looked exceptional and held VMI’s offense to four, three and outs and the offense continued to role with a twelve to seven lead at the end of the first.

Dominance was continued on the offensive side of the ball with a dynamic offense, and Jerome Lane continued with another recevining touchdown to give the Zips a lead of nineteen to seven. Following the touchdown from Jerome Lane, the game slowed down a bit and was very back and forth with defensive stops. VMI’s Tyriuq Trotman returned a interception about thirty yards with three minutes left in the first half to attempt to make the game close by half. The Keydets capped the drive off with negative six yards, but still maintained to get in a field goal at the half with two minutes remaining for an Akron two-minute drill. Akron failed at this attempt while having a three and out, and the Keydets kept it interesting with a score of nineteen to ten at the end of the first half.

The third quarter started off kind of slow, and then led to a ten yard receiving touchdown from the VMI tight end, Ryan Swingle. This created a slight lead of nineteen to seventeen with the Zips up and made it uncomfortable for the Zips. The following drive was full of penalties, and was sparked by the Ohio State Transfer Warren Balls rushing attack.  This drive was capped off by a fumble from Jerome Lane, and a touchdown recovery from JoJo Natson. At this point things started to get interesting, and VMI came back with another sold drive. This drive began with a deep pass to star running back from the Keydets, Quan Myers. The Keydets capped it off with another touchdown from the productive tight end, Ryan Swingle and capped off the third quarter with an Akron lead of twenty-six to twenty-four.

Jerome Lane was the key receiver and began the third with a forty-two yard pass, and Austin Wolf had a receiving touchdown following. Thomas Woodson had a spectacular game, and on this beginning drive of the third only threw two passes for about eighty yards and a touchdown. The Keydets attempted a fake punt with twelve minutes left while being on there own twenty-five-yard line and failed, and set the Zips up for a scoring attempt with a short field. The Zips took advantage of the situation, and Woodson completed another touchdown pass to JoJo Natson, which was his third of the night. Akron continued to show the dominant offense that they have with a Warren Ball rushing touchdown, followed by sixty rushing yards that drive. This put the Zips up forty seven to twenty four, and they completely broke free at that point.

The end score was forty-seven to twenty-four, and the Zips looked very solid on the opening game of the season. This is something that will bring the fans, and the excitement, and really get the fall sports started on a good foot. Hopefully the Zips can keep  it up next Saturday against the Wisconsin Badgers at three-thirty.

-Isaiah Houde

Hall of Fame Game Put to Shame?

CANTON – The NFL Hall of Fame Game is one that seems to diminish in meaning a little more each year, similar to that of the NFL Pro Bowl. However, if you were excited for this year’s game, you would be disappointed.

Shortly after the top of the seven o’clock hour, the NFL released on Twitter that the game had been cancelled due to poor field conditions.

This is not too unfamiliar, however, as last year’s game also faced much criticism over field condition. Even more talk was raised after Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham’s season was ended via a torn ACL at last year’s event.

The issue with the field was actually the paint in the end zones and at midfield. The paint was “congealing” which in layman’s terms basically means it took on a very rubbery texture, almost that of tar, and the players would not be able to grip the surface well.

Leaving the premises, I was able to catch a few comments from some fans. Many weren’t too shaken up over the ordeal. Others, however, were not as kind.

“That’s absolutely terrible” said one father of a Packer family that had made the trip from Wisconsin. “We travel all this way and they can’t play the game because someone messed up the paint? Absurd”.

Hall of Fame President David Baker was even booed shortly after 8 when he came out to address the fans on what had really went wrong with the field conditions.

So far, there have been no indicators on fan refunds for tickets or anything like that. However, it is safe to assume that the preparation of next year’s game will be under much tighter supervision.

The majority of fans seem to embrace the cancellation fairly well, acknowledging that there really is nothing at stake. Those that made the trip though…… well based on the Packer family from earlier and some other fans on Twitter, the NFL will have some explaining (or not) to do.

At the end of the day, losing money on a preseason ticket game can’t be too fun. However, if you asked a Packer fan if it would be worth losing Aaron Rodgers to injury in the Hall of Fame game, well, pretty easy answer to that one.

2016 NFL Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony

CANTON — The annual Hall of Fame weekend here in Canton is one of celebration, and that is exactly what the enshrinement ceremony Saturday night was all about.

The air was electric as many fans of the league (the majority of which were Packers fans sporting their own Brett Favre jersey) came to celebrate the accomplishments of a few greats. The sheer sight of a Brett Favre highlight playing on one of the three big screens surrounding the stage had fans in an uproar.

Marvin Harrison was the first to speak as the long time, record-breaking Indianapolis Colt had his blue and white faithful going crazy. He was not to leave out his teammates, however, as shout outs were given to future Hall of Famers Peyton Manning, Edgerrin James, and Reggie Wayne, who all played next to Harrison many years in Indy.

Next was the Ohio native Orlando Pace, which many fans went crazy for since Pace played his college ball just down the road at The Ohio State University. Pace’s brought tears to both his mother’s eyes and the eyes of many in attendance. Of course, this was not all without a quick O-H-I-O chant with the Buckeye natives prior to his speech.

Following this was the induction of the late Dick Stanfel, who was enshrined on behalf of his three sons. Stanfel was a long time right guard with the Detroit Lions and really helped revolutionize the position.

Of course, what is a hall of fame enshrinement ceremony without a Pittsburgh Steelers. Tough as nails Kevin Greene had the Terrible Towels waving in Canton.

“I’ve never experienced anything like being a Pittsburgh Steeler”, Greene said. “When I was playing here I felt like I was unblock-able”.

Greene, who is also a former member of the U.S. military, gave shout outs to all the men and women who serve our country and also to his very decorated military brother.

The late Ken Stabler was to follow, and if you didn’t believe Raiders fans were insane, the reaction to Stabler’s enshrinement would easily be enough to change your mind. “The Snake”, who led his Raiders to two Super Bowls and winning in 1977 in Super Bowl XI against the Minnesota Vikings, was enshrined on behalf of his grandsons, former Raider and hall of fame receiver Fred Biletnikoff, and other Raider greats.

Former San Francisco 49er owner Ed DeBartolo Jr. also had many interesting stories, many of which involved meeting his players directly after games and even staying with them for long periods of time in the hospital when an injury would occur.

DeBartolo chose to reflect on “The Catch” from the 1982 NFC Championship Game and where he was when it happened. Apparently, his view was actually blocked by an officer on a horse who gave him a thumbs up after the play happened. “That’s how I found out”, DeBartolo said. “My view was blocked by a horse’s a—“.

Tony Dungy was next to speak as his enshrinement was presented by his longtime friend and former Steelers great, Donnie Shell.

Dungy was the youngest African American defensive coordinator to enter the NFL and he was also the first African American head coach to win a Super Bowl when he led his Colts over the Bears in 2006. Dungy, much like Marvin Harrison, was sure to give love to his Colts fans.

“They made me feel like native Hoosiers”, Dungy said. “My family and I are forever grateful for that”.

Last (but certainly not least) was Brett Favre. The very sight of him walking on stage cued the Packer faithful into a “Go Pack Go!” chant that could be heard from McKinley High School.

“I was going to ask if I could play the first series here tomorrow night” Favre said. Based on how fans reacted to that sentiment, it’s safe to say no one would have an issue with it. And heck, he’s came out of retirement before, what’s once more?

Favre definitely wrapped up a remarkable night down at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, as the lessons and stories told from those NFL greats are ones that anyone could remember for a lifetime.