In just one year, the Cleveland Browns have gone from 0-16 to possibly the most exciting time since the franchise returned to the NFL in 1999.
Baker Mayfield was taken with the top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft with mixed reviews, but the Heisman Trophy winner out of Oklahoma quickly silenced the critics by infusing his confidence and swagger into a franchise that desperately needed it. Mayfield became the starting quarterback in Week 4 and turned in a 6-7 record with 27 touchdowns against only 14 interceptions.
After Hue Jackson was fired midway through the 2018 season, the Browns turned to offensive coordinator Freddy Kitchens to lead the team in 2019 and beyond. The rapport Kitchens and Mayfield developed as the 2018 season went on led to Kitchens being the underdog favorite to land the job, and many were surprised when he got it.
Looking back, the Browns really scored in the early rounds of the 2018 draft, as not only did they select Mayfield, but they also picked Georgia running back Nick Chubb with the sixth pick of the second round. Chubb went on to rush for 996 yards and eight touchdowns, despite only starting nine games.
Jarvis Landry was signed last year to provide a veteran presence in the wide receiving corps, and now he makes a spectacular one-two punch with the big acquisition of the 2019 offseason – Odell Beckham, Jr.
The ultra-talented wide receiver was traded by the Giants, as many believe he wore out his welcome in New York. Regardless, the Browns now have one of the most exciting quarterback-wide receiving tandems in the game.
You can capitalize on this excitement and see the Browns in style by catching a game in a luxury suite at FirstEnergy Stadium. Enjoy not only pristine views of the game, but views of the city or lake on the other side of the suite. You can also take advantage of keeping up with games around the league with TVs equipped with NFL Sunday Ticket, and enjoy culinary delights from some of Cleveland’s finest chefs.
The stadium itself has undergone several renovations in recent years to include upgraded LED boards, increased seating capacity in the lower bowl to improve sight lines, and new escalators in each end zone to improve the flow of foot traffic as fans move throughout the stadium.
The biggest games of the 2019 season for the Browns will be against their rivals in the AFC North: two battles each – both home and away – with Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and Cincinnati. The rest of the home schedule includes matchups with Tennessee, the Los Angeles Rams (Sunday night game), Seattle, Buffalo, and Miami. Road games outside of the division will be contested at the New York Jets (Monday night game), San Francisco (Monday night game), New England, Denver, and Arizona.