CLEVELAND – The Browns changed the front office, the coaching staff and a number of players in the offseason.
None of it changed their luck in the season opener.
Miami sucked the air out of FirstEnergy Stadium with a 23-10 victory this afternoon.
The Browns have lost nine straight openers and 14 of 15 since returning in 1999. They are 1-13 at home to start the season.
The Browns led 7-6 after halftime but allowed two touchdown drives in the second half and couldn’t muster one of their own.
Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden is 2-for-2 in awful openers.
He threw four interceptions as a rookie last season and three this afternoon. In Weeden’s defense, two of the interceptions went off the hands of Browns receivers.
But Weeden couldn’t muster a touchdown drive in the second half when the Browns were desperate. He finished 26-for-53 for 289 yards, a touchdown, three interceptions and a 48.4 rating.
The rest of the offense wasn’t much better.
Greg Little had a drop on third down that turned into a Dimitri Patterson interception. He dropped another pass.
Tight end Jordan Cameron deflected a pass slightly behind him, and Patterson hauled it in for this second pick.
Receiver Travis Benjamin, filling in for the suspended Josh Gordon, had at least two drops and one might’ve gone for a touchdown as he was running open down the seam.
Running back Trent Richardson started strong, but finished with 13 carries for 47 yards, a 3.6 average.
The offensive line didn’t create many holes in the running game and allowed too much pressure in the passing game. Right tackle Mitchell Schwartz had an especially difficult day against Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake.
The Browns dropped the ball on defense, too.
Cornerback Joe Haden and strong safety T.J. Ward dropped would-be interceptions in the third quarter. Ward’s came on one of Miami’s touchdown drives, which ended with a 34-yard pass from Ryan Tannehill to Brian Hartline.
The Browns go on the road next Sunday to play the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, who lost Thursday night in Denver.