Cleveland Browns: Kareem Hunt Returns at a Crucial Time in Schedule
While the much-anticipated NFL draft begins this Thursday, the league had recently released the schedule for the 2019 season. Fans and media are examining the matchups in anticipation of what’s to come for the year in football. In particular, long-suffering Cleveland Browns fans are looking forward to their most hopeful year in decades partly owed to numerous recent acquisitions. The way Cleveland’s schedule plays out, one in particular, could be a very timely addition.
The most notable deal, of course, was for Odell Beckham, Jr. Adding this spectacular athlete to a talented young offense could take this team to the next level and above. There are now too many proven threats on the Browns offense to double team all of them. Therefore, this will make them a far more potent scoring machine
The Browns also made a number of other significant acquisitions through trades and other transactions in the off-season. They have acquired pass rushers and bolstered the secondary. This was a defense that was near the bottom overall last year and not very effective against the rush. However, there is no doubt that with the added talent they will be able to put pressure on the quarterback and defend the pass.
Now about the Browns’ schedule. In addition to OBJ as a new offensive threat, the Browns have taken a chance on a running back that could prove to be a game-changer in Kareem Hunt. This talented runner, a native of the Cleveland area, led the NFL in rushing in his rookie year with over 1300 yards. He also caught passes totaling another 455 and scored 11 touchdowns.
He will be eligible to play for game 9. It just so happens that the Browns have 5 division contests during the second half of the year beginning with game 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Cleveland. They play in Pittsburgh two weeks later and two matchups with the Cincinnati Bengals in games 13 and 16 are split by a trip to the Arizona Cardinals and a home affair against the Baltimore Ravens. They also have the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins in Cleveland for games 9 and 11.
The Browns open the season against the Tennessee Titans at home. They also have games against the New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, and Denver Broncos on the road. Those games are in weeks 2, 5, 7 and 8, respectively. They also host the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks games 3 and 6. So I can see them being favored in five or six of their first-half slate of games.
Now going into the second half of the season they have a proven game-breaking back returning. Presumably rested and ready to go. Fresh young legs just in time for the stretch run against division rivals. He could be a huge threat returning kicks and get his game legs under him. I can see the Browns working him in immediately. As a back that takes pitches and hand-offs, in the slot or even out wide. I am looking forward to this talented young man getting a second chance. Along with seeing the Browns reap the benefits of their patience in the second half of what could be a memorable campaign.
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