Season prediction: 7-9. The progression of quarterback Brandon Weeden, running back Trent Richardson and other key members of the 2012 draft class should translate to two more wins than last season.
Browns 24, Dolphins 20
A crucial special-teams play will help the Browns prevail despite wide receiver Josh Gordon’s suspension.
Season prediction: 6-10. Brandon Weeden will be better, but Trent Richardson and the inexperienced receiving corps must come through to win this many.
Browns 21, Dolphins 20
Browns are 1-13 in openers since ’99, but Ray Horton’s blitzers will get to Ryan Tannehill.
Season prediction: 6-10. Brandon Weeden, Trent Richardson and the offense should be improved but a tough-as-always AFC North and too many question marks around the roster deny a .500 season.
Dolphins 23, Browns 20
Neither team has been great in season openers the past eight years but the Dolphins’ key additions (Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson on offense and Dannell Ellerbe, Dion Jordan on defense) will be tough to handle.