Opening Weak: Browns looking to turn around lousy 1-13 record in season openers since 1999


BEREA, Ohio — There’s only one thing nearly as certain as Cleveland playing a season opener. The Browns will lose it.

Since returning to the NFL in 1999, the Browns are 1-13 in Week 1, with 12 of those losses coming at home.

As he prepares his team for Sunday’s opener against Miami, first-year Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has downplayed the idea the game is more important than the other 15, saying there’s “a danger of putting all of your eggs in one basket.”

However, several of Cleveland’s players, including linebacker Paul Kruger, said winning the opener “is huge, especially in front of your home crowd. It’s all about creating and sustaining momentum.”

For the Browns, losing the opener has often been followed by a losing season. Last year, Cleveland began with a 17-16 loss to Philadelphia and finished 5-11.