The 2022 Cleveland Browns were unlucky to be in the AFC North. Their overall level of play was better than the last-place division finish they had, largely because the Cincinnati Bengland and Baltimore Ravens were among the best teams in the entire AFC.
The 7-10 record from a year ago does suggest that things are going in the right direction in Cleveland. That is why opening day tickets for their matchup with the Bengals are in the $170 range for the cheap seats, as this is a city optimistic about its NFL squad heading into the new season. Tickets are much cheaper for less attractive games, with the Browns contest against what is expected to be a bad Arizona Cardinals squad on Sunday, November 5, going for less than $50 through Immortal Seats.
Check out the Cleveland Browns’ full home schedule at the end of this post.
Can Deshaun Watson return to form?
Deshaun Watson was an MVP-level quarterback when at his best with the Houston Texans. He was a three-time Pro Bowler, and he led the NFL in passing yards in 2020. Obviously, a lot has happened since those heady days as Watson returned midway through last year with the Browns after sexual misconduct allegations ended his time in the Lone Star state.
Watson was rusty on his return last year. This makes sense, given how much time he spent out of the game through injury and suspension. Amari Cooper, Donovan Peoples-Jones, and Elijah Moore give this team potentially outstanding weapons at wide receiver if Watson is able to get back to something like his best. The biggest problem for the Browns is that even if things go right for them, they are still stuck in a loaded division where ten wins might not be enough to make the playoffs. A healthy and on-point Watson, however, gives them their best chance.