At one point last season, the Cleveland Browns looked like they were on their way to the playoffs for the first time since 2002. After all, they were 7-4 and appeared to be firing on all cylinders. Unfortunately, they would close the year on a five-game losing streak from there, costing them that hopeful trip to the postseason, not to mention their first winning season since 2007. With a solid foundation and new starting quarterback entering 2015, the Browns will be seeking to pick up where they left off prior to that season-ending skid.
Fortunately for Cleveland, they have a fine opportunity to start the season off right when they open things up against the New York Jets on the road at MetLife Stadium. Tickets for this season-opening tilt are averaging $146.65 on the secondary market, while the get-in price sits at $40. This number registers slightly above the average ticket price for Cleveland Browns tickets this season ($144.09), but is relatively an excellent bargain, considering the higher price tags on just about all other Week 1 games.
Furthermore, fans who will be in attendance can save considerably on their MetLife Stadium parking with ParkWhiz.com, which has spots available around the stadium starting from less than $20.
No matter the result, it’ll be an interesting Week 1 affair for two downtrodden franchises looking to make a move back towards respectability. It’s also notable that both clubs are entering the season in two very similar situations, with each employing a journeyman starting quarterback to lead the way. In light of the injury to Geno Smith, the Jets will be leaning on Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. The Browns, meanwhile, now have McCown as instilled as their field general, with the ever-popular Johnny Manziel still waiting in the wings for his chance.
The Browns don’t have any sort of flashy offense, but it’s a unit that figures to improve with the additions of wide receivers Brian Hartline and Dwayne Bowe. The running game may have more potential, however, with Isaiah Crowell returning as the feature back, while rookie Duke Johnson will get his licks once he returns from a concussion he sustained at the end of the preseason.
On defense, Cleveland should be improved also after selecting Danny Shelton in the 2015 NFL Draft. They already have some big names amongst this group, particular cornerback Joe Haden, who is widely considered to be one of the very best at his position in all of football. Tramon Williams works alongside him, formulating one of the top 1-2 secondary pairs in the league.
Typically, expectations for the Browns around this time on the calendar aren’t very high, but coming off a season in which the team produced its highest win output in seven years, perhaps Cleveland is beginning to finally turn the corner. At the very least, they have a nice opportunity to start the season 1-0, which could snowball into a bigger run, thus making this an important season opener for both clubs.