Colt McCoy: How the Cleveland Browns QB Can Have Success Against the Bengals

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Colt McCoy: How the Cleveland Browns QB Can Have Success Against the Bengals
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On Sunday, the Cleveland Browns begin their second round of AFC North divisional play, starting on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals before finishing the season at home against the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy has been named the Browns starter for the final three games of the season, which should allow the front office and coaching staff to get a feel for how the first-year signal caller deals with the cold weather and performs against all three division opponents.

NFL schedule-makers couldn't have done a better job of setting up a final audition for McCoy as he makes a bid to be Cleveland's permanent starting quarterback heading into 2011.

Division games in the AFC North are always tough, and even the lowly 2-11 Bengals will provide a stern test for a Browns team that has long struggled to compete within the division. Winning at Paul Brown Stadium won't be easy, as Cincinnati is a team loaded with talent on both sides of the ball, even if it isn't reflected in the Bengals' record.

While the chances may be slim, the Browns do have an opportunity to close the season with three division wins, which would net Cleveland an 8-8 record and a 4-2 mark in the division.

The Browns have been competitive all season and the difference between wins and losses has often come down to play at the quarterback position. Here are five reasons why Colt McCoy can have the success needed to lead the Browns to victory against the Bengals in Round 2 of the 2010 Battle of Ohio.

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