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Breaking down the Cleveland Browns’ preseason opponents

Here’s a closer look at how the Browns stack up against their four preseason opponents



August 7-10 – at Detroit Lions

Additions: WR Golden Tate, S James Ihedigbo

Subtractions: WR Nate Burleson, S Louis Delmas, OT Jason Fox

Key matchup: Joe Haden vs. Calvin Johnson. An argument can be made that both of these players are the best in the entire NFL at their respective positions.

 

August 18 – at Washington (Monday Night Football)

Additions: WR DeSean Jackson, S Ryan Clark, CB Tracy Porter, QB Colt McCoy, OG Shaun Lauvao, WR Andre Roberts

Subtractions: CB Josh Wilson

Key matchup: The Browns’ front-seven vs. Robert Griffin III. One of the NFL’s most electrifying quarterbacks will provide a good measuring stick for coach Mike Pettine’s hybrid 3-4 defense.

 

August 21-24 – St. Louis Rams

Additions: WR Kenny Britt

Subtractions: CB Cortland Finnegan, OG Shelley Smith, OG Chris Williams

Key matchup: Joe Thomas vs. Robert Quinn. Thomas has been to the Pro Bowl in all seven seasons he’s played. Quinn posted an incredible 19 sacks in 2013. In a game where the starters normally play a full half, this battle is definitely one to circle.

 

August 28 – Chicago Bears

Additions: DE Jared Allen, DE Lamarr Houston, WR Domenik Hixon

Subtractions: DE Julius Peppers, WR Devin Hester, S Major Wright, QB Josh McCown, CB Zack Bowman

Key matchup: Jordan Cameron vs. Lance Briggs. Cameron is emerging as one the elite tight ends in the league. While Briggs isn’t a spring chicken at 33 years old, he has always been as solid in coverage as any linebacker in the NFL.