(Cleveland) - There's only one thing nearly as certain as Cleveland playing a season opener. The Browns will lose it.
Since returning to the NFL in 1999, the Browns are 1-13 in week 1, with 12 of those losses coming at home.
But Kevin Griffin, the Browns VP of Fan Experience, hopes that all changes today. He says the team has done all it can to improve the fan experience on Sundays...from faster entry lines to new videos on the big screen.
And the band 'The Presidents of the United States' will play at halftime. They're best known for their remake of 'Cleveland Rocks' in the mid 90's.
Griffin encourages everyone to wear their gear. Terminal Tower has even been lighted orange this weekend.
As he prepared his team for today's opener against Miami, first-year Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has downplayed the idea the game is more important than the other 15, saying there's "a danger of putting all of your eggs in one basket."
However, several of Cleveland’s players, including linebacker Paul Kruger, said winning the opener "is huge, especially in front of your home crowd. It's all about creating and sustaining momentum."
For the Browns, losing the opener has often been followed by a losing season. Last year, Cleveland began with a 17-16 loss to Philadelphia and finished 5-11.
You can watch the game at 1:00PM on WOIO CBS 19. Get the best pre and post-game coverage on Newsradio WTAM 1100.
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