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KEY PLAYER: DeShone Kizer
The rookie quarterback will be under center in his first-ever NFL game. Browns fans will be getting an immediate glimpse of what the future may hold for the team. It is a daunting task for any rookie to start in the NFL, let alone at the quarterback position, but if Kizer can hold his own against the Steelers, the team may be comfortable with him moving forward.
KEY PLAYER: Le’Veon Bell
The superstar running back will begin his quest to earn a much-desired contract extension in the off-season. Starting the season against a Browns team that is very much still rebuilding for the future just may be the kick-start Bell needs to get rolling for the rest of the season. Bell states he’s preparing for a massive workload. Only time will tell to see if his contract holdout hinders or helps his performance.
GAME PREVIEW AND ANALYSIS
The day we have been waiting for is almost here.
The Steelers and Browns will meet on Sunday to begin their respective campaigns.
An Offense for the Ages
The Steelers’ offense has been regarded has one of the best in the league, and that offense was without Martavis Bryant due to a suspension and injuries to either Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, or Ben Roethlisberger at one point or another.
Entering this season, all of these players will be on the field at the same time. Success this season lies in the individual success of these players. The same can be said for Week 1 in Cleveland. Expect these B’s to be buzzing all game.
Putting the Pieces Together
The Cleveland Browns are still rebuilding, now under the tutelage of head coach Hue Jackson.
*Rookie defensive end Myles Garrett would have been added to the names above, but as of this writing, Garrett has been downgraded to ‘out’ with an ankle injury.
Many believe Cleveland has little to no chance of beating this Steelers team. While an upset win may put the Browns on the radar, the short-term focus of the team should be spent finishing their rebuild to become a consistent contender in the AFC North.
The Bottom Line
When the dust settles, Pittsburgh should comfortably come out on top with a Week 1 victory. The Browns are not a finished product just yet, but if the young squad keeps the game competitive, both teams will have many positives to build on as the season progresses.