Heading into Week 16, the Cleveland Browns are coming off perhaps the most disheartening loss of the season. On the bright side for fans, there is a distinct possibility it won't matter once the apocalypse is among us.
But if mankind and John Cusack are still around, Cleveland will have to figure out a way to rebound from a season packed end to end with very high highs and very low lows—kinda like my dating life, but with a larger audience and Brad Childress' mustache.
In any case, there are a few bright spots in the chaos. We laughed, we cried and we debated, but most importantly, we paid attention. When it comes to autumns, the Browns have given fans more than our share of duds in the past decade. 2012 wasn't one of them, and 2013 won't be either.
The majority of losses this season were close in either numbers or tone. With a few adjustments and a little sprinkle of fairy dust, this Cleveland squad could be playoff contenders in the next couple of years.
Will the team rebound from a losing season and break .500 next year? It's difficult to say. But I would argue that the tires are done spinning and starting to gain some traction.
Here are five reasons why fans should have hope heading into 2013.