Starting Blocks TV, hosted by Bill Lubinger and Branson Wright, was recently joined by The Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Tony Grossi to talk about Sunday's home game against our Bengals. When Lubinger and Wright asked Grossi why the Browns would beat the Bengals, Grossi said:
Since 1970, there have been only four rookie quarterbacks who have won the first game of their first season. If Andy Dalton comes in here and win his first game in his first NFL season, the Browns should be ashamed of themselves. I think that's the thing that I can't get over. I can't consider the Bengals winning this game, even though I believe they have more talent on paper overall.
It's not inconceivable that Dalton could be the fifth rookie quarterback to win the first game of his first season since 1970. The Bengals will likely lean on Cedric Benson and the running game as well as their defense to keep Dalton in a comfortable situation where he would only be asked to manage the game and not turn the ball over. If the team can succeed in that, I wouldn't be surprised to watch the Bengals win a very low scoring and a very boring football game. But a win is a win, right?
So, I hope the Browns are prepared to be ashamed.