When compared to baseball, football doesn't seem like as much of a numbers game. Individual statistics just don't seem to hold the same fascination for fans of the NFL as they do for fans of MLB. Unless you're talking fantasy football, numbers aren't usually the focus of how you measure a player's individual performance.
Still, if you do take a look at a player's stats, they are for the most part a pretty accurate mirror of his performance, and therefore worth a look when attempting to project how a team's season will shake out on the whole.
NFL statistics are tougher to predict than MLB statistics, in my opinion. It's also especially difficult for a team like the Browns, who are largely made up of young players who don't have much of a statistical track record to base predictions on.
But, it's still an interesting topic to explore, and while numbers certainly don't tell the whole story in any sport—especially football—they're definitely one way to measure a team and its individual players' success.
Following are statistical projections for five Browns offensive players in 2011. Projections are based in part on past numbers and in part on expected potential performance.
As always, your opinions are highly valued, so please share your own statistical projections for these or any other Browns offensive players in the comments below!