Cleveland Browns: 6 Predictions for the Second Half of the Season

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Cleveland Browns: 6 Predictions for the Second Half of the Season
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Seven games down, nine to go. 

At the midpoint of the 2011 season, the Browns are 3-4 and alone in the AFC North cellar behind perpetual powerhouses Baltimore and Pittsburgh and the surprisingly good Cincinnati Bengals

So far most of us have been disappointed or frustrated by what we've seen on the field from the Browns this year. But it's tough to say whether they're truly falling short of expectations, or if we're just witnessing growing pains that are all part of The Plan. 

As for the 3-4 record at the season's halfway point, I think it's weaker than what we hoped, but probably as good as any of us really expected. 

The Browns are coming off a very frustrating loss to the 49ers, so this is a tough time to evaluate the team objectively when everyone, from the team to the fans, seems to be exasperated with them.

At the moment, it's tough to separate out whether we really feel like Holmgren's master plan isn't working as it should, or if we're simply getting fed up about having to wait through yet another disappointing year before we see results, even if we were warned that might happen. 

For now, most of us have a lot more faith in the defense's ability to fulfill Holmgren's promise of 2012 than the offense, but there's really no way to say for sure yet. We'll have a much better idea of whether the Browns are close to being on track for their long term goals when this season ends. 

So what will be in store for Browns fans in the second half of the 2011 season? Nothing is certain in football (especially football in Cleveland), but here are six big predictions for the Browns in their final nine games of the year. 

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