It's time for our annual prediction post for the first game of the regular season, where we predict three things:
- the first offensive play the Browns will run/attempt to execute,
- the first player on defense (not special teams) who will make a tackle, and
- how the team's first touchdown will be scored (if you think one will be scored).
You can find the ground rules below. The prize for correctly guessing a category is bragging rights.
Offensive Play Prediction Guidelines: Try to be as specific as you can on what you think the Browns' first offensive play will be. Don't just say "pass play" or "run play". Instead, say "Hoyer throws a slant route to Austin for 7 yards" or "Ben Tate runs right side and picks up three yards." You can also predict incompletions, interceptions, fumbles, touchdowns, and even a safety if you really think that will happen on the first offensive play!
Defensive Tackle Prediction Guidelines: Predicting the first defensive play is much more obscure, so this one is a simpler category -- project who you think will make the team's first tackle that does not come on special teams or a returned interception/fumble.
First Touchdown Against Pittsburgh: If you do not think the Browns will score a touchdown, then say "no touchdowns" as your answer. Otherwise, predict how you think the Browns' first offensive touchdown will be scored, along with the person(s) who will score. You can predict it to be on offense, defense, or special teams. If you predict a passing touchdown, name both the quarterback and the receiver.
Here is the template you can copy+paste for your comments:
First Offensive Play:
First Defensive Tackle:
Here are my predictions...
First Offensive Play: Pistol formation, handoff to RB Ben Tate for a gain of 5 yards.
First Defensive Tackle: ILB Craig Robertson
First Touchdown: RB Ben Tate runs it in for a 2-yard touchdown at the goal line.