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10/10/14 - Come out to First Energy stadium to cheer on your Cleveland Browns as they try to stay in the hunt for the AFC North division title. Positioned only one game behind the division leading Cincinnati Bengals, QB Brian Hoyer and the Browns are in complete control of their playoff destiny. With rookie phenom Johnny “Football” Manziel in tow, your Browns have one of the most exciting young teams on football. RazorGator has tickets for sale for every remaining home game, including contests against divisional rivals Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, as well as visits from marquee teams such as Indianapolis Colts. Come see first year head coach Mike Pettine inspire his team to victory this Sunday, October 12th, as the Browns try to avenge a season opening last second loss to Pittsburgh.
9/29/14 - Week 4 was the bye week for the Cleveland Browns, who will be preparing to take on Tennessee this weekend. Fans will hope the Browns are not caught looking one week ahead to their return matchup with Pittsburgh, who snuck past the Browns in the opening weekend of the 2014 season, 30-27, on a last second field goal by Shawn Suisham. The Browns, who sandwiched a win over New Orleans in between their losses to divisional rivals Pittsburgh and Baltimore, have to be thinking positively, having lost to those two teams (and thus an undefeated season so far) by a grand total of five points.
9/23/14 - The Cleveland Browns tried to execute a trick pass play during their game last weekend against Baltimore. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out quite as well as the one executed by their downstate rivals in Cincinnati – even though Brian Hoyer completed the pass to Johnny Manziel, who appeared before the snap as though he was headed off the field; it turned out that the running back on the play had committed an illegal-motion penalty. (Later, the NFL would rule that, even if the illegal-motion penalty hadn’t been called, the play would have still been illegal, as Manziel was too close to the sideline before Hoyer’s quick snap.) The Browns were ultimately done in by the Ravens 23-21, on a field goal as time expired.
9/16/14 - Last weekend was notable in that Johnny Football made his official NFL regular season debut for the Cleveland Browns. But, it was Brian Hoyer who made all the noise for the Browns in their 26-24 come-from-behind victory over New Orleans. Hoyer completed 60% of his passes (24-for-40) for 204 yards, and one touchdown strike, a three-yarder to Miles Austin in the first quarter. But it was the last drive of the game where Hoyer shone; without his usual tight end and running back, he coolly marched the Browns down the field 85 yards, where Billy Cundiff split the uprights from 29 yards out with just three seconds left. Terrance West led the Browns in rushing in the absence of Ben Tate, with 68 yards on 19 carries; Austin and Andrew Hawkins both caught six passes, Hawkins for 70 yards, Austin for 44 and the touchdown.
9/8/14 - So close, but yet, so far…that has to be the thought of Cleveland Browns fans, who saw their team overcome a 24-point lead by the hated Pittsburgh Steelers to win on a last-second 41 yard field goal by Shawn Suisham, 30-27. After a sluggish preseason in which he was seriously challenged for the starting quarterback job by rookie phenom Johnny Manziel, Brian Hoyer may have solidified his grasp on the No. 1 slot on the depth chart; finishing 19 for 31 for 230 yards and a touchdown, most of which came in the second half. Big Ben Roethlisberger was typically solid, completing 23 of his 34 attempts for a game-high 365 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Roethlisberger’s favorite target for the day was Antonio Brown, who reeled in 5 balls for 116 yards and a touchdown, while Markus Wheaton caught two key passes on the fateful game-ending Steelers drive among his six. Cleveland’s Andrew Hawkins was his squad’s top receiver, with eight catches for 87 yards.
9/3/14 - Earlier in the preseason, Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau was projecting that Johnny Manziel would be the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback when the two squads met in their season opener. Well, LeBeau wasn’t quite correct – Browns head coach Mike Pettine announced shortly after the second weekend of preseason games that Brian Hoyer would be his starter – but the Steelers are still preparing to face Manziel, only now equally with Hoyer. Both Browns signal-callers had good outings in their last preseason tuner, a 33-13 romp over Chicago. Hoyer led the first-team Browns to only their second touchdown of the preseason, while Manziel was Manziel, completing six of 17 passes for 83 yards and a TD, and also running for 55 yards on a number of improvised scrambles.
8/25/14 - Even though Brian Hoyer has been named the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback for their season opener next month with Pittsburgh, both Hoyer and Johnny Manziel saw action in the Browns’ 33-14 loss to St. Louis. Both Hoyer and Manziel had very similar passing numbers – Hoyer was 10-for-16 for 84 yards with a TD pass, an interception, and two sacks; while Manziel completed 10 of 15 for 85 yards while rushing for the other Browns TD, and was also sacked twice, both by Rams rookie Michael Sam. The Browns defense showed they have much to work on, allowing the Rams to gain 23 first downs and convert 12 of 19 third-down plays.
8/20/14 - It’s official. The Cleveland Browns announced on Wednesday that Brian Hoyer would be the team’s starting quarterback for their season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The announcement came after neither Hoyer nor highly-touted (and hyped) rookie Johnny Manziel particularly distinguished themselves in a 24-23 preseason loss to Washington last Monday night. Even though Manziel tossed a touchdown during his time under center, while Hoyer failed to complete a pass against the Redskins, it was evident that “Johnny Football” still had much to learn at the pro level, and he admitted as much during an interview after head coach Mike Pettine made his announcement. “I need to continue to come in here every day and get better,” Manziel said.
8/11/14 - Neither starter Brian Hoyer nor would-be starter Johnny Manziel gained much advantage in their battle to determine who would be the Cleveland Browns’ starting quarterback at the beginning of this season, in their 13-12 weekend loss to Detroit. While Hoyer threw for more yardage (6-of-14 for 92 yards), Manziel completed one more pass and had a higher completion percentage (7-of-11 for 63 yards), and was the Browns’ leading rusher in the game, gaining 27 yards on six carries, including a long of 16 yards up the middle. The team is doing its best to split reps between the two passers; safety Donte whitner told Sports Illustrated’s Monday morning Quarterback blog that t he competition is “fierce” between the pair.
8/4/14 - Johnny Football got his first crack at the first team on Monday, after having what many described as an “impressive” showing during a Cleveland Browns intrasquad scrimmage over the weekend. However, Browns head coach Mike Pettine noted that Johnny Manziel’s reps with the first team were planned, and not a result of his performance over the weekend. Manziel’s first throw with the first-teamers was a 40-yard completion that was actually underthrown and the receiver had to come back for; shortly after that, a Manziel pass was tipped to Donte Whitner, who made the interception. Pettine told reporters that Manziel and Brian Hoyer would “go back and forth” taking reps with the starting offense, but did not specify on which days. The Browns open their preseason schedule this weekend with Detroit.
7/29/14 - Oh yeah, there’s this other guy who plays quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, and if you ask his teammate, offensive tackle Joe Thomas, he compares Brian Hoyer to another pretty fair signal-caller. “He’s a lot like Tom Brady,” Thomas said at training camp this week. “When you look at the way he competes and the way he demands the most of everybody around him, it’s no coincidence that those guys played together.” Thomas also noted the amount of respect Hoyer commands from his teammates, saying, “(He) commands a level of respect because of the way he goes about doing his business the right way and acting like he is the starting quarterback.” While Hoyer has been named the Browns’ starting QB going into training camp, he will face considerable competition from a first-round draft pick out of Texas A&M – some fellow named Manziel.
7/22/14 - As if the Cleveland Browns needed any more news items swirling around them, now there’s this: The team expects to name a starting quarterback by the third game of preseason -- this after saying shortly after drafting former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, that Brian Hoyer was their starter. The Browns are set to take on St. Louis on August 23 in that third game. Coach Mike Pettine plans to meet with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains to help make the decision, which will be closely watched by league pundits and observers. At the same time, Pettine also promised that Manziel’s off-field hijinks would be a “nonstory”; Pettine also praised Manziel’s work ethic, saying “He’s been very humble…worked hard in the weight room. Asked the right questions.”
7/16/14 - Is it possible that the return of basketball superstar LeBron James to Cleveland could be a positive influence on the Cleveland Browns’ mercurial quarterback Johnny Manziel? You might not think so, since the two play different sports, but ESPN’s Pat McManamon makes the case for the possibility. McManamon notes that Manziel is represented by a marketing agency owned by James; and in fact a longtime friend of the four-time NBA MVP does the marketing for “Johnny Football.” At 30 years of age, James qualifies as an “elder statesman” who can impart the wisdom of his experiences to the youthful Manziel when and if necessary. But it remains to be seen whether Manziel would actually take the advice, if offered.
7/8/14 - Is embattled receiver Josh Gordon worth keeping by the Cleveland Browns? Anbalyst Cris Carter, a Hall of Famer, believes the answer is no. Gordon, who is already facing a lengthy suspension by the league for violating its drug policy, was arrested over the Independence Day holiday weekend and charged as driving while intoxicated. Carter underwent similar drug abuse issues before being released by Philadelphia, but there is no way of knowing whether the loss of a much needed support system, if the Browns were to let go of Gordon, would serve as a similar wake-up call. Even though he’s in serious personal and professional trouble, there is still much time for Gordon to clean himself up.
7/1/14 - They had just 1,383 yards rushing, and just four rushing touchdowns, last season. But the Cleveland Browns, lacking somewhat in backfield star power, plan to use a running back-by-committee approach to the ground game this season. The Browns have a combination of Ben Tate, Dion Lewis, and Terrance West as their planned ballcarriers this season, and head coach Mike Pettine believes that’s the route to go in the physical AFC North. “You’d like to have a guy that can carry most of the load, but also be able to alternate guys,” Pettine said to the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper recently. “You’ve got to be able to get fresh legs out there.”
6/24/14 - First came the Cleveland Browns. Then there was the San Diego Padres. And now…the Harlem Globetrotters? Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was drafted by the legendary basketball and entertainment squad this week, along with a number of other “world class” athletes – which also included such sports luminaries as soccer star Landon Donovan, and brothers Mitchell Wiggins Jr. and Nick Wiggins, the older brothers of potential NBA top pick Andrew. “Sweet Lou” Dunbar, director of player personnel, said in a release, “We know that (Manziel) is a fantastic that knows how to be entertaining. ‘Johnny Basketball’ has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?” Despite the notoriety and buzz which occurs from such a selection, it is highly unlikely that the Browns’ biggest 1st round draft pick this will see the light of day in the famous red, white and blue Globetrotters jersey.
6/19/14 - Signed, sealed, delivered. The Cleveland Browns announced that “Johnny Football” Manziel has agreed to contract terms with the club; while specific terms were not announced, a report on ESPN.com indicated that the league’s rookie wage scale would make his compensation in the neighborhood of $8.25 million over four years, with a team option for a fifth, which is standard for first-round picks. Manziel, however, is expected to earn considerably more from endorsements, such as the deal he recently signed with Nike, which allowed the shoe and apparel manufacturer to almost immediately begin selling Manziel-branded gear.
6/11/14 - Johnny Two-Sport? Cleveland Browns (backup) quarterback Johnny Manziel found himself drafted again – this time by baseball’s San Diego Padres, in the recent Major League Baseball draft. Manziel, who did not play baseball at Texas A&M during his time there, was taken in the 28th round of the draft, 837th overall. Several other current NFL quarterbacks were also drafted by MLB teams, including Seattle’s Russell Wilson, who spent some time this past spring with the Texas Rangers (he was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 2007) and San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick, who was selected by the Chicago Cubs in 2009. (Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield was drafted by four teams in the Seventies – including the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, even though he never played a down of college football.)
6/3/14 - Johnny Manziel is not the first high-profile, hotshot quarterback coming out of college that Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has worked with in his career. While the offensive coordinator for his father, Mike Shanahan in Washington, the Redskins drafted a multi-threat quarterback out of Baylor – Robert Griffin III. One big difference, though, is that RGIII was pretty much handed the starter’s job from the word go, while “Johnny Football” will not have such luxury, instead being made to compete for the starting job with incumbent Brian Hoyer, who recently signed a significant contract with the club.
5/28/14 - So Johnny Football goes to Vegas…and everybody talks about it. Johnny Manziel, the Cleveland Browns draftee, who was known for living a lifestyle easily described as “extravagant” while at Texas A&M, made headlines after a well-documented trip to Las Vegas over Memorial Day weekend. While Manziel posted a photo of his Browns playbook to social media, in an attempt to show he was studying and preparing for OTAs – organized team activities – when not partying, it was the other photos of Johnny Football taken during the weekend that exasperated Browns officials, who have repeatedly implored their quarterback to “act like a backup.” Manziel’s personality is not that kind of guy; the Browns had to know this beforehand, and any attempts to squeeze him into a hole he’s not meant to fit will ultimately backfire.
5/20/14 - In the recent movie “Draft Day,” the Cleveland Browns made a big splash in the draft by taking a linebacker with the first overall pick. Well, it wasn’t the first overall pick – actually they came at it in a roundabout way – but the Browns made probably the biggest news of the 2014 NFL Draft by trading up and choosing Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M with the 22nd overall selection. Now the question stands: Can “Johnny Football” unseat anointed starting signal-caller Brian Hoyer in the preseason; and if not, will Manziel be comfortable – and happy – holding a clipboard on the sidelines, when he was Big Man on Campus in College Station, Texas? Is there a quarterback controversy in the offing? Stay tuned.
5/14/14 - The circus is coming to town! Johnny Manziel of course headlines the Browns picks at #22 but they made moves to get the cornerback they were looking for in Justin Gilbert from Oklahoma State at the #8 pick. They are hoping running back Terrance West from Towson turns into the talent they believe he can be.
4/17/14 - After a long and arduous search, the Browns hired Mike Pettine as Cleveland's new coach, and his first test will come this summer in preseason. The Browns' four-game slate is highlighted by a Monday night matchup against the Redskins in Week 2—giving the Browns some rare exposure on a national scale, and their first MNF event in five years. Cleveland opens up summer exhibition games against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field—for the annual Great Lakes Classic competition—followed by a trip to FedEx Field in Washington. They will host two games at home to close out preseason: in Week 3 the Rams will visit the revamped FirstEnergy Stadium, and in Week 4 the Bears will come to town. The only Cleveland Browns tickets currently available are for their Aug 28 showdown with Chicago; get-in for $52 in the Lower Levels.
2/13/14 – The Browns, behind Brian Hoyer, seemed to be on their way to their first winning season since 2007 until the QB tore his ACL in Week 5. Following his exit, the Browns won just one game of the next eleven and finished the season a dismal 4-12. Mike Pettine (Buffalo) was hired on as the new Cleveland Browns head coach this offseason, and 19 days later Ray Farmer as GM. Six of the Bills former assistants will join Pettine in Cleveland, including Jim O’Neil who will take over as the Brown’s defensive coordinator. Can the new coaching staff lead this Browns’ team to their second playoff since the franchise returned to Cleveland in 1999?
12/17/13 - The Cleveland Browns nearly extinguished the Chicago Bear’s playoff dreams, but failed to clamp down on their fourth quarter rally and ultimately fell, 38-31, Sunday morning. Jason Campbell’s 43-yard TD pass to trusty Josh Gordon brought the Browns within 7 points with a minute left on the clock, but Cleveland was unable to spoil Jay Cutler’s return to the field when they were penalized for illegal formation in the finals seconds. Looking forward, Cleveland Browns tickets are $129 on average and $24 to get in and see if they can send the New York Jets reeling.
12/10/13 - The Cleveland Browns suffered their fourth straight hard-fought loss when they visited the New England Patriots on Sunday (26-27). The Browns led 19-3 in the third quarter when Jason Campbell heaved an 80-yd TD pass to Josh Gordon, who set an NFL record of 774 receiving yards in four straight games. But late in the game, the team fell prey to another unbelievable Tom Brady comeback performance which, benefitted by a flagrantly erroneous pass interference call, scooted the Pats past Cleveland. Next week, the Browns face stiff competition when they host the Chicago Bears hot off the heels of their huge Monday Night Football victory. Cleveland Browns tickets are the cheapest of the week, at a mere $47 on average.
12/3/13 - The Cleveland Browns lost to the resurgent Jacksonville Jaguars, 32-28, on Sunday in Ohio. Even though Josh Gordon achieved a remarkable second straight game with 200 receiving yards, the Browns let the lead slip in the last couple seconds, walking away stunned by defeat. Bad news for the Browns: Brandon Weeden joins Jason Campbell as their second quarterback sidelined with a concussion, compelling the Browns to sign free-agent Caleb Hanie. Hopefully the new QB has what it takes to carry the Browns past the New England Patriots this Sunday! Cleveland Browns tickets average a lofty $262 this week.
11/26/13 - The Cleveland Browns have slipped to 4-7 on the season after losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday (27-11). Though they can kiss their playoff hopes goodbye, the Browns have shown extraordinary resilience this season, playing valiantly against worthy opponents despite major fallout at the QB position. Jason Campbell has been a brilliant filling in for the Browns, but he was taken out by a questionable shot to the head on Sunday, and was subsequently replaced by Brandon Weeden. Another bright stop was Josh Gordon, who killed Cleveland’s franchise record for receiving yards, racking up 237 on 14 catches. The Browns will refuse to be silenced as they have all year, and continue to thwart teams with postseason intentions…but first come the Jacksonville Jaguars this Sunday. Cleveland Browns tickets are a steal, at just $12 to get in and $42 on average—the lowest of the week!
11/19/13- The Cleveland Browns fell to in-state rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals, on Sunday 20-41. Despite leading in the first quarter, the Browns crumbled in the second, allowing Cincinnati to put up their highest scoring quarter in franchise history (31). After accruing the huge deficit, the Browns were forced to make one-dimensional plays on Sunday: Jason Campbell threw 56 times, with minimal contribution elsewhere. The Browns will head home and host the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 12 with a shot to advance their season. Cleveland Browns tickets are the second cheapest of the week, at $93.
11/12/13 - The Cleveland Browns are in contention for leadership in the AFC North, tied neck-and-neck with the Baltimore Ravens for second place. The race will intensify this Sunday when Cleveland comes out of the bye to take on the Bengals, with hopes of narrowing the 1.5 game lead Cincinnati holds over the division. With admirable QB Jason Campbell at the helm, the Browns are confident in their ability to overcome a struggling Andy Dalton and topple their next opponent. Fans won’t want to miss out on this important AFC game! Cleveland tickets are $148 on average, and $23 to get in.
11/5/13 - The Cleveland Browns broke their 11-game losing streak against the Baltimore Ravens, when they came out on top Sunday, 24-18. Backup QB answer Jason Campbell had a great game, throwing three touchdowns and 262 yards, connecting twice with Davone Bess. The Browns defense played a stellar game, sacking Joe Flacco five times and shutting down the Ravens run game to just 55 yards on 21 attempts. Campbell sustained a minor bruised rib injury in the first quarter, while receiver Greg Little (seven catches for 122 yards on the day) sprained his right shoulder, but they will have time to recover after the win. The Browns are in good standing heading into their bye, at 4-5 on the season and second in the AFC North. They will return in Week 11 pitted against the Cincinnati Bengals.
10/29/13 - The Cleveland Browns were ousted by the (still perfect) Kansas City Chiefs, losing 17-23 on Sunday. Though they lost (for the third time in a row), in his first start, backup QB Jason Campbell was impressive. His promising performance may be enough to keep the Browns afloat, as he finished 22 of 36 for 293 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Browns will try to snap out of their losing record when next host division opponents, the Baltimore Ravens, fresh off their bye. Cleveland Browns tickets have the second lowest average price of Week 9, at $70.
10/22/13 - The Cleveland Browns have fallen to 3-4 on the season following their loss to the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Its been a roller coaster season for the Browns with their quarterback woes, but after Brandon Weeden’s dreadful Sunday performance, starting with a 1.7 QB rating in the first quarter and surmounting in 17 of 42 for 149 yards, one TD and one interception, the Browns are looking to make some major changes. Cleveland is considering benching the current starting QB and there is talk of trading wide receiver Josh Gordon, their strongest player this season, for a "high pick and player". Running backs McGahee and Wittaker were ineffective on Sunday, while Browns receivers (Gordon, Bess, Little) dropped the ball like it was a hot potato time after time. Cleveland will try to snap out of their two game losing streak against the only undefeated team left in the league, the Kansas City Chiefs. Is it possible? They did defeat the Chiefs (albeit a much different team) 30-7 in Week 12 of last season. Cleveland Browns tickets are moderately priced at $110 on average at Arrowhead Stadium.
10/16/13 - With wonder boy Brian Hoyer out, the Cleveland Browns lost to the Detroit Lions, 17-31. Cleveland was unable to score in the second half, with weak play by linebackers Craig Robertson and D’Qwell Jackson; quarterback Brandon Wheeden made matters worse with a horrendous backhand pass late in the game. Initial starting QB Wheeden, who is 0-3 as a starter this year, will in fact keep his position and is heavily supported by the coaching staff. This has come as a surprise to many, amid talk of veteran QB Jason Campbell being a worthy alternative and Wheeden's winning back of the starting position only due to injury of franchise hopeful Brian Hoyer. In Week 7, the Browns will be on the road to face the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field Sunday. Tickets are high for this matchup, at $206 on average.
10/8/13 - The Cleveland Browns continue their roller coaster season: winning Thursday night’s game against the Buffalo Bills, but losing Brian Hoyer to a partially torn ACL en route to victory. The backup quarterback and fan-favorite, was starting his third straight game and looked promising, finally getting comfortable with wide receiver Josh Gordon and tight end Jordan Cameron, before going down in the first quarter. They will now revert back to Brandon Weeden, who was benched after a very poor 0-2 start to the season. Cleveland Browns tickets are $140 on average, and $49 to get in this Sunday.
10/1/13 - Despite receiving flack for trading top player Trent Richardson, the prospering Cleveland Browns seem to be doing something right, as the team secured a second consecutive win, ousting the Cincinnati Bengals 17-6 on Sunday. The Browns successfully thwarted their AFC North rivals, and both Ohio teams are now tied for first place in their division. Citizens of Cleveland were certainly feeling the rush on Sunday, as their baseball team the Cleveland Indians also won that day, to secure the AL Wild Card spot. The Cleveland Browns are on a short week, and will be playing the 2-2 Buffalo Bills this Thursday, October 3, starting Brian Hoyer for the third time. Cleveland Browns tickets at FirstEnergy Stadium start at $32, and average $86.
9/25/13 - The Cleveland Browns avoided an 0-3 record when they defeated the Minnesota Vikings 31-27 with an upset victory that everyone is talking about, especially after trading young talented running back Trent Richardson. Rookie quarterback Brian Hoyer started in last Sunday’s game for Cleveland, and although his status is week-to-week, head coach Rob Chudzinski says he will start again in Week 4 over Brandon Weeden. The Browns are looking for their second consecutive win when they play the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland this coming Sunday.
Cleveland Browns 2014 Season
Three games that highlight the Cleveland Browns schedule this season include: Week 2 home-opener against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints (avg. $172), Week 11 against J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans (avg. $110), and Week 14 when Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts (avg. $125) visit FirstEnergy Stadium. Week 6 against the Steelers (avg. $174) is the most in-demand game in Cleveland this season; the Browns travel to Pittsburgh for the regular-season opener. As you can see, the brown-and-orange will play some worthy opponents early in the season; a week one win would send a strong message to the NFL and the remaining AFC North opponents. For the second straight year, Browns tickets (avg. $148) are the cheapest in the league. Good news in the locker room, Brian Hoyer returned on the field today for the first time since he tore a knee ligament in October. The projected starter behind veterans Vince Young and Tyler Thigpen (signed on a tryout basis through minicamp) is ahead of schedule and expects to be full-strength by training camp.
Cleveland has been in the Dawg Pound, literally, over the past 9 seasons without the Browns making it to the NFL Playoffs. Although the team finished 4th in the NFC North last season with a 5-11 record, the addition of first-round draft picks QB Brandon Weeden and RB Trent Richardson have the team looking forward to its future and the 2013 NFL season. Weeden, who broke several passing records at Oklahoma State, showed promise in his rookie season, even throwing for more yards than the Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III and Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson. He did throw fewer TDs, however, and more interceptions; unlike RG3 and Wilson (and the Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck), he didn't lead his team to the postseason.
That could change. Second-year running back Trent Richardson, who finished 22nd in the League as a rookie last season, should get more carries and open up the passing lanes desperately needed by Weeden and his top targets, wide receivers Greg Little and Josh Gordon. Plus, the young offense will be under the guidance of first-year head coach Rob Chudzinski, who turned the Carolina Panthers into a top 10 offense while the team's offensive coordinator. Josh Cribbs continues to be a special teams threat too, always one of the best kick returners in the NFL every year.
On defense, the Cleveland Browns finished 10th in the League in yards per game last season, and 14th in points. No. 6 draft pick Barkevious Mingo, one of the top defensive draft picks, will help at the outside linebacker position. At LSU last year, he had 38 tackles and 4.5 sacks, good enough to make second-team All-SEC.
Browns fans will pack FirstEnergy Stadium (formerly Cleveland Browns Stadium) when the 2013 season kicks off, especially when AFC North rivals the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers come to town. Although these are three of the most anticipated games on the Browns schedule, all have tickets available under $40 — Bengals vs. Browns tickets as low as $21, followed by Ravens vs. Browns tickets at $26 and Steelers vs. Browns tickets at $36. Die-hard Cleveland Browns fans wanting to sit in the Dawg Pound will pay $5-$10 more per ticket in the upper level, depending on the game and section. Two other highlights on the Browns 2013 schedule include games with the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears. Even when Chicago visits Cleveland in December, Ohio football fans will find cheap Browns tickets from $32.