As of today, September 2nd, 2020, there are 10 days until the Las Vegas Raiders take on the Carolina Panthers in week one. Here at BroSports, we’re going to release one Raiders game prediction a day until kickoff. We’re going to take a look at how we think the Raiders will match up with each opponent, what we think the score will be, and track those Raiders wins and losses throughout the season.
Today, the Raiders travel to Cleveland to take on Baker Mayfield and the Browns.
Las Vegas Raiders 2020 Predictions: Week Eight
The Browns at a Glance
The Browns look great on paper, but what else is new? They were the darlings of last off-season, and we all saw how that worked out. Freddie Kitchens turned out to be one of the worst coaching hires in NFL history, and the roster still produced despite it. Sadly, they just didn’t produce wins.
But they went from an idiot to a genius, hiring Kevin Stefanski. My favorite fun fact about Stefanski is that he was hired to be an assistant coach for the Minnesota Vikings by Brad Childress back in 2006. After Childress was fired, Stefanski impressed Leslie Frazier enough to keep a spot on the staff. It’s very unusual for a head coach to keep assistants on after taking over, as they usually like to bring in their own guys. Then, when Frazier was fired for Mike Zimmer, he kept Stefanski on too! There’s obviously something to this guy.
The Cleveland Browns don’t have a particularly strong offensive line, and this needs to be how the Raiders attack them. Whether it’s stuffing Nick Chubb or sacking Baker Mayfield, the Raiders defense needs to control the line of scrimmage to win this game. If the Browns can run the ball well, it’ll set up some devastating play action.
This might come as a shock, but I think the Browns pull this one out. The Browns have looked good on paper for a season and a half, but now they have a coach with a functioning brain, and in many ways, the Browns do what the Raiders do… but better.
Nick Chubb is a monster, Kareem Hunt still has it, they have a lethal two-TE set, Odell Beckham Jr., and I think this is the year that Baker Mayfield turns it around. Not to mention, Myles Garrett doesn’t just dig up dinosaurs, he is one. I think the Raiders lose an ugly one in Cleveland.