2013 Cleveland Browns season preview

Is a winning season realistic for the 2013 Browns?

9/5/13 in NFL   |   ZacWassink   |   74 respect

Aug 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski walks off the field following a preseason game against the Detroit Lions at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports2013 Cleveland Browns season preview: Schedule

New head coach Rob Chudzinski could find himself on a short leash if the Browns are again hanging around five wins at the end of the season. Cleveland has a very weak schedule, one that starts out with a winnable home game against the Miami Dolphins. Add in the fact that the Baltimore Ravens will be going through a Super Bowl hangover, that the Pittsburgh Steelers are not as strong as they've been in recent years, and that the Cincinnati Bengals remain an unproven commodity until they silence their critics, and the thought of Cleveland flirting with a .500 record doesn't seem all that crazy.

Imagine that the Browns manage to go 2-4 in division play. From there, they would need just four home wins and two road victories, at the Kansas City Chiefs and at the New York Jets (both are lousy), and it's 8-8 for Cleveland. It may be easier said than done for that roster, but it's also hardly a dream scenario.

Prediction: The truth of the matter is that I've been burned too many times to go what I would consider to be all-in on the Browns. They'll be better than they were in 2012. Just not that much better. I have them going 7-9.

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