Browns57 Posted May 2, 2010 Report Share Posted May 2, 2010 A quick preview of the Cleveland Browns' 2010 game storylines By Tony Grossi, The Plain Dealer May 01, 2010, 11:50PM Joshua Gunter / The Plain DealerRomeo Crennel will make his first appearance in Cleveland since being fired after the 2008 season when he arrives as the Kansas City Chiefs' defensive coordinator in the second week of the season.CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The completion of the draft means 95 percent of rosters are set. Now's the time to take a stroll through the Browns' 2010 regular-season schedule. Game 1, at Tampa Bay Buccaneers The NFL couldn't have done the Browns a bigger favor. Their 1-10 record in season home openers became an albatross that can best be lifted by opening on the road. Tampa Bay is mired in post-Jon Gruden rebuilding. The Browns will get their first look at quarterback Josh Freeman, the Bucs' franchise hope. Good draw for center Alex Mack, who gets to school rookie tackles Gerald McCoy and Brian Price in their first NFL game. Game 2, home against Kansas City Chiefs New Chiefs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel makes his first return since being let go as Browns coach after the 2008 season. We will see safety Eric Berry -- the DB who got away -- up close. Josh Cribbs has got to like this matchup after taking two 100-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns in Kansas City last year. Game 3, at Baltimore Ravens This should be the first true test for the Browns' revamped secondary, as the Ravens intend to marry quarterback Joe Flacco to receiver Anquan Boldin. They also loaded up with two tight ends in the draft. This will be Donte Stallworth's first game against his former team, if he makes the final roster. With 355-pound Terrence Cody playing next to 340-pound Haloti Ngata in the center of the Baltimore defensive front, the Ravens have to guard against a grease fire breaking out. Game 4, home against Cincinnati Bengals Another stress test for the Browns' depth in the secondary. Carson Palmer figures to line up three-receiver sets of Antonio Bryant, Chad Ochocinco and perhaps rookie Jordan Shipley in ones slot with rookie tight end Jermaine Greshman in the other. The Bengals seem to bring out the best in the Browns' offense even though their defense is on the rise. Game 5, home against Atlanta Falcons Falcons making their first visit to Cleveland since the "Run, William, Run" game of 2002, when William Green was a Browns' rushing hero. Matt Ryan, Roddy White, Michael Turner and Tony Gonzalez form quite a formidable offensive unit. They've added cornerback Dunta Robinson to a suspect defense. We'll get a look at Corey Peters, the rookie defensive tackle whom the Browns wanted to take in Round 3 instead of Colt McCoy. Game 6, at Pittsburgh Steelers If he minds his manners and has his six-game suspension reduced to four, this would be Ben Roethlisberger's first game. Heinz Field will be pumped for his return, no doubt, but the Browns finally figured out to beat him last year. Now he'll be without his favorite receiver, Santonio Holmes. Game 7, at New Orleans Saints If there was an NFL rule against excessive celebration of a Super Bowl win, the Saints would be flagged. Presumably, they'll be over it by now. They've had some roster turnover -- Browns linebacker Scott Fujita's one of three defensive starters gone -- but Drew Brees' pinpoint passing game will be a huge test. Game 8, home against New England Patriots Coach Eric Mangini gets an extra week after the bye to prepare for master Bill Belichick. This marks two weeks of Hell Week for Mangini because coming into Cleveland right after the Patriots are ... Game 9, home against the New York Jets There are so many sidebar stories to this game -- all the ex-Jets, Braylon Edwards' return, a close look at Mark Sanchez, the Ryan Brothers' reunion, Mangini's former team -- that we anticipate Fireman Ed making the trip and tossing the coin in pre-game ceremonies. Game 10, at Jacksonville Jaguars This one will be hard to get up for after the previous two games. Then again, it's a chance for another road win. Once unbeatable to the Browns, the Jags have lost two in a row and three of the last four meetings. Game 11, home against Carolina Panthers Jake Delhomme's former team is the only franchise the Browns have never defeated. They've played only three times in games that counted. Carolina also has won each of three preseason contests. Will Jimmy Clausen be at quarterback for this one? Game 12, at Miami Dolphins Dolphins VP Bill Parcells seemed to have adopted Mangini last season when Mangini was suffering through a 1-11 start. At one point, Mangini began talking about Parcells a lot. Parcells then gave him a rousing endorsement when Mike Holmgren pondered Mangini's fate. Holmgren respects Parcells immensely and routinely calls him. "He's so grumpy, he always makes me feel better," Holmgren said. Game 13, at Buffalo Bills Another road game against a division cellar-dweller. Who knows whether new coach Chan Gailey will make something out of quarterback Trent Edwards, but this figures to be ugly in December. The Browns have won the last three meetings, two of which were by the touchdown-less scores of 8-0 and 6-3. Game 14, at Cincinnati Bengals Game 15, home against Baltimore Ravens Game 16, home against Pittsburgh Steelers Ingenius scheduling by Commissioner Roger Goodell. All three of the Browns' rivals will be angling for the division title and possible wild card berth. Will the Browns be in striking distance? Will Seneca Wallace be at quarterback by now? Will McCoy dress for a game? 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