The upstart 2021 Browns are primed for the team’s best season in decades, loaded with young talent that makes them a unique opponent for the Kansas City Chiefs to face in week one. Between their depth in the backfield, pass rush prowess on defense, and quietly superb play of Baker Mayfield under center, Cleveland found its rhythm last year, making the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
Despite their marked improvement on both sides of the ball, the Browns remain the underdog matched up against Kansas City, and for good reason. Anchored by a promising but inexperienced group of former college standouts, Cleveland could upset the heavily favored Chiefs with a little luck and a well-executed gameplan. Here are the six most important factors to watch when Kansas City plays the Browns in Week 1.