5 Reasons the Cleveland Browns Could Beat Indianapolis Colts This Week

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5 Reasons the Cleveland Browns Could Beat Indianapolis Colts This Week
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A few months ago, I doubt many people would have asserted that the Cleveland Browns and the Indianapolis Colts had much of anything in common. 

The Colts were an aging but talented team led by one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history with high hopes for a playoff berth in 2011. 

The Browns were a young and inexperienced team led by an unproven quarterback with just one year of professional experience. Most people saw as a team with high hopes for the future, but a 6-10 team at best in 2011. 

After a week of play, the Browns status appears to be right about where everyone expected, while things have gone sharply downhill for the Colts. 

Browns fans certainly didn't expect to lose to the troubled Bengals in their first game, but you can bet that Colts fans were even less likely to buy that their team would be on the wrong end of a 34-7 disaster in Week 1 against the Texans if you'd asked them about it a few months ago. 

Nobody ever wants to see a guy like Peyton Manning go down with a serious injury, but it has leveled the playing field for the Browns as they head to Indy this weekend looking to bounce back from their own Week 1 debacle. 

What once looked like a safe bet for a loss for the Browns in Week 2 suddenly looks like anybody's game. 

The Colts are still a tough team and they're better than they looked last week, but the door has been left open for the Browns to come in and steal a win. 

Following are five reasons why the Browns have a legitimate chance to beat the Colts in Week 2. 

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