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Cleveland Browns: Ranking the Most Important Games on the 2012 Schedule
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Jabaal Sheard pursues Eagles QB Michael Vick during the 2011 preseason.

The common wisdom is not in the Cleveland Browns' favor this year. They've been ranked dead last on numerous occasions in preseason power rankings.

Dead last in the league is usually good for maybe a win or two, which is two or three less than last season's 4-12 record. But it takes either highly creative or fairly lazy thinking to assert that swapping Peyton Hillis for Trent Richardson at RB, Colt McCoy for Brandon Weeden at QB and Tony Pashos for Mitchell Schwartz at RT will not only fail to improve the team's win column, but actively reduce it.

Another 4-12 season isn't what Browns President Mike Holmgren envisioned when he talked about a "big jump" this year either (via CBS Cleveland). That's more of a sideways shuffle.

So where do those extra wins come from? Here are the five most crucial games the Cleveland Browns need to win to take that big leap.

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