The official 2012 Cleveland Browns NFL schedule is finally here!
As is true for the life of a Cleveland sports fan, the odds are already stacked against everyone's favorite team before the season has even begun.
Unluckily for the Browns, they have drawn the third-hardest schedule in the NFL. Their opponents had a combined record of 135-121 record (.527) in 2011.
That is good for the hardest schedule among all of the NFL's non-playoff teams from a season ago.
Even so, the Browns faithful still anticipate the offseason, schedule release and the upcoming NFL draft with hope in their hearts.
Could this be the year the Browns change the minds of the national sports media and take a step toward the next level?
The NFL sure doesn't think so.
The Browns have been rewarded with one prime-time game for the 2012 season (one prime-time appearance is mandated by the NFL).
Let's take a look at the daunting schedule that lays ahead for the rebuilding Cleveland Browns.
Browns 2011 Record: 4-12
Key Additions: Frostee Rucker, DE; Juqua Parker, DE
Key Losses: Peyton Hillis, RB; Mike Adams, DB; Eric Steinbach, OG; Tony Pashos, OL
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 9, Philadelphia, 1:00 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 16, at Cincinnati, 1:00 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 23, Buffalo, 1:00 p.m.
Week 4: Thursday, Sept. 27 at Baltimore, 8:20 p.m.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 7, at NY Giants, 1:00 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 14, Cincinnati, 1:00 p.m.
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 21, at Indianapolis, 1:00 p.m.
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 28, San Diego, 1:00 p.m.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 4, Baltimore, 1:00 p.m.
Week 10: BYE WEEK
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 18, at Dallas, 1:00 p.m.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 25, Pittsburgh, 1:00 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 2, at Oakland, 4:15 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 9, Kansas City, 1:00 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 16, Washington, 1:00 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 23, at Denver, 4:05 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 30, at Pittsburgh, 1:00 p.m.