To preview the game, I contacted Steve DiMatteo from Dawg Pound Daily to preview the game. Here are his responses to some of my questions:
1. What are the strengths of the Browns
Despite their 1-6 record, the Browns do have a number of strengths. As of right now, the biggest might be QB Brandon Weeden, who is quickly establishing himself as a viable NFL quarterback. WR Josh Gordon is also developing nicely in his rookie season, making the Browns a true downfield threat.
2. What are the weaknesses of the Browns
The Browns’ biggest weakness this season has easily been their secondary. Though CB Joe Haden has returned from his four-game suspension, the defense is still susceptible to big days from opposing quarterbacks.
3. Who are a few key players on the Browns
If you’re talking about key players, you have to talk about Weeden and RB Trent Richardson. Even though Richardson has been battling some injuries, those two have really changed the look and feel of the Browns’ offense. It’s now something opposing defenses have to respect.
4. If you could take one player from the Chargers and place him on the Browns roster, who would it be?
Malcom Floyd or Robert Meachem – the Browns are still in desperate need of wide receivers.
5. Prediction for the game
The Chargers will be on a mission to avenge their latest disappointment, so I have to give it to them against the Browns. They won’t pummel them, but they’ll pull out the victory. A score of 24-17 seems reasonable.