After all the off season hype the much-anticipated season opener for the 2019 Cleveland Browns turned out to be a colossal disappointment for the team and its fans. After taking an early 7-0 lead on a perfectly executed drive the Browns would see themselves get completely dominated the rest of the way by the Tennessee Titans, resulting in yet another season opening loss for the Browns 43 -13 . The Browns who are now 1-19-1 in season openers since returning to the NFL in 1999 have now lost 13 straight season openers.
Coming in as 5.5 point favorites the Browns totally imploded in this game, committing 18 penalties for a staggering 182 penalty yards. Second year pro Baker Mayfield threw 3 interceptions, left tackle Greg Robinson was ejected for kicking a defender in the face and even Robinsons replacement got hurt, on a play that would result in a Titans safety. The lack of discipline was on display all day and that has to fall on first year coach Freddie Kitchens. The Titans are a good team, their 9-7 record the past 3 seasons should tell you that. Spot them 200 yards in penalties and you are not going to win that game. The Browns will be better, there is no question about that. The second youngest team in the league will have some growing as we discussed in the season preview, and this was one of those.
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Luckily for the Browns they draw what looks to be a “get right” game against a Sam Darnold less New York Jets team on Monday night. The line on this game opened up at CLE -2.5 and has jumped to CLE -6.5 on the news of Darnold missing multiple weeks due to mono. The total for the game is set at OVER / Under 44. The Jets will go with Trevor Simian behind center on Monday night and it looks as though Le’veon Bell is good to go despite having an MRI this week on a sore shoulder. Both C.J. Mosley and Quinnen Williams will be players to monitor for the Jets going into this game as both were injured in last weeks 17-16 loss to the Bills.
Either would pose a big loss for the Jets defense. With the exception of the ego bruising final score, the Browns came through their opener with the Titans relatively healthy at all major positions. The Browns will look to make a statement on Monday night against the depleted Jets, but are they capable right now? This team hasn’t proven anything yet and until they do this team is tough to back. Even with a backup QB on the other side I am not sure that Browns should be 6.5 point favorites on the road, on a Monday night.
Sundays beat down at the hands of the Titans really swayed the odds on the Browns futures wagers. The odds on the Browns to win the AFC championship have jumped from a pre-season +900 up to +1500. Corresponding with that the Browns odds to win the super bowl have gone from +1800 up to +3000.
If you had thoughts of the Browns winning either of these before the season jump in now. As ugly as it was, I don’t think this past weeks game against the Titans will at all define the season for the 2019 Cleveland Browns. It was young team in a majorly over hyped spot that came out and played a very undisciplined game against a good team. The future is still bright Cleveland. This is all part of the process.