The Browns are now predictable and it only took two weeks.
Expectations rose with a snatch-from-the-jaws-of-the-de-feat in the season opener but the New York Jets’ home opener became almost impossible when they lost they steal to predict what will happen next.
The arch-enemy brings the Pittsburgh Steelers to the town on Thursday night just four days after a head-scratching defeat with the uncertainty.
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Will it be impossible for the Browns to recover from the short week coming off a gut-wrenching loss not seen since 2009? Or will the need to focus on a hated division rival help the Browns put the unspeakable loss out of their minds?
Those are the questions the Browns and our panel of Browns experts must try to answer. Here’s what all our reporting staff think:
Chris Easterling (1-1)
Score: Browns 20, Steelers 17
Comment: Myles Garrett is expected to play and TJ Watt is not. Now, if the Browns secondary turns Mitch Trubisky into Ben Roethlisberger, all bets are off.
Tune in:Denzel Ward, Grant Delpit believe Browns secondary needs to ‘get on the same page’ in coverage
Steve Doerschuk (0-2)
Score: Browns 24, Steelers 20
Comment: Kevin Stefanski stands up at a crossroads and gets the team’s hand straight even after that mental loss.
What went wrong?:Instead of saying ‘no mass,’ the Cleveland Browns are winless in the home vs. away opener
Marla Ridenour (1-1)
Score: Browns 21, Steelers 20
Comment: The post-Roethlisberger Steelers offense was a mess in the first two games, so the Browns are probably catching up to their rivals at the right time. After the Jets debacle, this feels like a referendum on Browns defensive coordinator Joe Woods and special teams coordinator Mike Priefer. Myles Garrett’s presence despite a neck injury should be the difference.
Cowbird author:Cleveland Browns fans had every right to boo after an epic collapse
Nate Ulrich (0-2)
Score: Browns 20, Steelers 18
Comment: If the blown envelopes continue, I will be wrong again.
Rookies ready to battle:For Browns, Jadeveon Clowney is out, but Alex Wright, Isaiah Thomas are confident
George Thomas (1-1)
Score: Browns 20, Steelers 14
Comment: Totally, totally, without a doubt lost on this one. The fact that I am language bound should be seen as a minor miracle. Team meetings after two games? Does the kicker miss a PAT? Fish. For the record, I flipped a coin mainly because Ben Roethlisberger is no longer around.
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Video analysis:WATCH: Post-game huddle: Cleveland Browns vs. New York Jets – Communication failure
This article originally appeared on the Akron Beacon Journal: Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers prediction Week 3 NFL game