The signs are unmistakable. July has come and gone, fantasy draft invitations are going out and I keep smelling ghost chicken wings at ten in the morning. Football season is coming, and Browns fans are rightfully excited.
We've got a new owner, a handful of incredibly exciting rookies and a relentless pass-defense in an increasingly pass-happy league. Logistical considerations of new ownership aside, it's a fun time to be a Browns fan. Playoff fantasies even tease the imagination of the more idealistic among us, but there are still a few big hurdles to consider.
The AFC North is consistently one of the toughest divisions in football. The only factor that keeps it from being the best outright is, well, us. But NFL destiny can turn on a dime, and with a few strategic wins, our beloved Browns could find themselves in playoff contention sooner than we thought.
Here are the seven wins they need to get there and the fictional 90s villain each team represents.