Since returning to NFL play in 1999, the Browns have begun the regular season at home in 14-of-15 campaigns.
To say they have not done much with all of these Week One home games would be an understatement.
With Sunday’s 23-10 loss to Miami, the Browns are 1-13 in their regular-season home debuts in Week One. Their lone victory was in 2004 against Baltimore.
The 2013 Browns have some solid young talent. Better days may well be ahead. But on Sunday, they struggled to stop Dolphins’ pass rush. Defensive end Cameron Wake had a wonderful season debut, notching 2.5 sacks. The Browns also couldn’t get quite enough stops against a Miami offense that lacked much of a running game.
The Browns’ offense was a disappointment, mustering just one touchdown. Quarterback Brandon Weeden threw three interceptions, but two could have been receptions for his club. Running back Trent Richardson was held to 47 yards on 13 carries. Overall, the Dolphins deserve a lot of credit for how they pulled away from Cleveland down the stretch.
Once again, though, the Browns had a chance to start their season on a positive note at home, and they could not do it. Now, they must regroup for a game at Baltimore next Sunday.