Fans of the Cleveland Browns have been looking for something to be excited about for several years.
Even with a surprising 10-6 record in 2007 and the emergence of Peyton Hillis as a bruising force in the backfield this past season, the outcome always leaves Browns fans longing for the most important thing: a playoff berth.
But things are looking up in Cleveland. Along with Hillis, quarterback Colt McCoy played solid in eight games last season, which included shocking victories over the New England Patriots, who finished 14-2, and the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.
While many "experts" do not expect the Browns to make the playoffs in 2011, this could be one of the NFL's surprise teams if all the pieces come together.
Can new head coach Pat Shurmur and his West Coast offense be the difference? Will Peyton Hillis be able to repeat his stellar 2010 campaign? Can Colt McCoy become the franchise quarterback of the future?
If the answer is yes to all of these questions, the Browns could see themselves in the race for the AFC North crown.
Here are 10 bold predictions for the Cleveland Browns in 2011.