Browns vs. Cardinals: Keys to a Cleveland Victory at Arizona

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Browns vs. Cardinals: Keys to a Cleveland Victory at Arizona
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This Sunday the Cleveland Browns travel to the desert to face the red-hot Arizona Cardinals in what will likely be a battle of the backup quarterbacks, thanks to concussions to Cleveland's Colt McCoy and Arizona's Kevin Kolb. 

At the beginning of the season, the Cardinals were widely written off as a total mess of a team that wasn't going to be cleaned up any time soon. Now though, despite their unspectacular 6-7 record, not only are they not a disaster, they're still in the playoff hunt. 

The Browns, who are perpetually contending with their own messiness, seem to have run into Arizona at exactly the wrong time.

Six or seven weeks ago, the Cardinals would have been a great opponent for the Browns to hope to eke out a win against. Now, it just looks like bad timing for the Browns, who seem destined this season to face off with every team right when it's at its best. 

This game was once looked at as a potential trap game for the Browns, the way it was sandwiched between round one and round two with both the Ravens and Steelers

The way things have turned out, the Browns haven't been a good enough team for the term "trap game" to even apply.

The Cardinals are the favorite in this one, and while it's a winnable game for the Browns, they're going to have their work cut out for them. 

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