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If everything else has not convinced you the reader that the Browns are very capable of a 10-6 record, just look at the schedule. This is the 2011 schedule broken down into quarters.
First Quarter: Bengals, @ Colts, Dolphins, and Titans
The Bengals are sporting a rookie quarterback in Andy Dalton and rookie receiver AJ Green. Other than against Carolina, the offense has looked horrid and should be no match for the Browns. Then they travel to Indianapolis where Peyton Manning is very questionable to play. To finish, they get the Dolphins and Titans at home. They beat the Dolphins last season and who knows what kind of shape the Titans will be in.
This could very well be a 4-0 start.
Second Quarter: Bye, @ Raiders, Seahawks, @ 49ers, and @ Texans
After the good start, the Browns get a bye week to prepare for the Raiders. The Raiders may suck overall, but they are by far a better team at home. They will put up a fight but should be overtaken due to lack of offense and the Browns run game. The Seahawks come off a bye week, but I join many others in questioning Tarvaris Jackson as a starter. Then the Browns get another team with a questionable quarterback in San Francisco before finishing on the road against the playoff hopeful Texans.
The Browns’ first half could finish 7-1 or 6-2 at worst if they play to their ability.
Third Quarter: Rams, Jaguars, @ Bengals, and Ravens
This could be the defining part of the season for the Browns. The Rams are much improved, but can the defense hold and will a No.1 receiver emerge? The Jaguars may be starting Blainne Gabbert at this point and it could be open season for the Browns, despite the nice additions made on the defensive side of the ball for Jacksonville. If the Browns are rolling, their Week 13 game with the Ravens at home could be a battle.
With three of four games being at home, Cleveland could be looking to reach 10 wins by the end of Week 12 before Baltimore.
Fourth Quarter: @ Steelers, @ Cardinals, @ Ravens, and Steelers at home to finish
There’s a reason the first 12 games are a low level of difficulty for the Browns. The fourth quarter could turn into a last-man-standing series. At Pittsburgh could be huge if the Browns are in contention for the division. The Cardinals game will be more of a tune-up game before heading to Baltimore. Then, depending on if the Browns are in the hunt or if there are eight guys left on the team, the New Year's Day game could either be the clash for the playoffs or a game of pride.
I know it is scary that the Browns may actually be good this season. It is kind of like a certain warm place freezing over or the Cubs winning the World Series.
I just ask that you take baby steps and acknowledge that Cleveland could not only do well, but do so well as to finish 10-6 and MAYBE even be a playoff team.