In recent years, the Cleveland Browns have had some frustrating seasons. With Rob Chudzinski and Norv Turner at the helm, I think this is the year we see the Browns rise toward expectations.
Week 1: vs. Miami Dolphins
Turner has had a long time to come up with a plan to exploit the Dolphins’ issues with team chemistry. I think the Dolphins will try to stack the box to stop Trent Richardson, while Jordan Cameron hurts them up high.
Final Score: Dolphins 10 – Browns 20
Week 2: @ Baltimore Ravens
Since 2002, the defending Super Bowl Champions are 8-1 in their first home game. I think the Ravens’ defense will be lights-out and this turns into a defensive scrap.
Final Score: Browns 13 – Ravens 17
Week 3 @ Minnesota Vikings
This game will be a duel between two stud RBs. The Vikings will lean on Adrian Peterson, while the Browns take a balanced attack that will force the Vikings to stack the box. This will open the door for Brandon Weeden and Cameron to beat them up top.
Final Score: Browns 20 – Vikings 13
Week 4: vs. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals will win the first battle of Ohio with Giovani Bernard and A.J. Green. The silver lining in this game is that Chudzinski can use the Bengals’ swagger as bulletin board material for later in the season.
Final Score: Bengals 31 – Browns 17
Week 5: vs. Buffalo Bills
Buffalo will lean on C.J. Spiller. I think the Browns come into this game looking to make a statement after the losing the week before. Look for the offensive line to run through the Bills’ front seven.
Final Score: Bills 11 – Browns 28
Week 6 vs. Detroit Lions
This will a shootout. We’ll see Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson putting up big plays to match Richardson and Cameron. Josh Gordon or Davone Bess will make a big play at the end to win it.
Final Score: Lions 28 – Browns 31
Week 7 @ Green Bay Packers
The Packers will be one of the top offenses in the league this year. I don’t think Browns have a defense at this stage that can withstand four quarters of a shootout.
Final Score: Browns 17 – Packers 34
Week 8 @ Kansas City Chiefs
The Browns will jump out early and the Chiefs’ passing game will let the Browns’ defense capitalize on turnovers.
Final Score: Browns 24 – Chiefs 16
Week 9 vs. Baltimore
The Ravens come to town underestimating the Browns, who will repay them by running their earlier loss down their throat.
Final Score: Ravens 17 – Browns 24
Week 10: Bye
Week 11: @ Bengals
The Bengals are going to be one of the hottest teams this year. Losing to them twice in the season will be a catalyst for the Browns to take the next step in 2014.
Final Score: Browns 12 – Bengals 31
Week 12 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
In 2013, the Browns are rising while the Steelers are sinking. The Browns will stomp on their throat this week.
Final Score: Steelers 13 – Browns 24
Week 13 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Young teams coming off big wins have a nasty habit of riding into the next week with more emotion than preparation. I think the Jaguars capitalize on mistakes early and the Browns shoot themselves in the foot.
Final Score: Jaguars 28 – Browns 12
Week 14 @ New England Patriots
The Patriots will be clicking on all cylinders by this point. I think the Browns just can’t match up on both sides of the ball.
Final Score: Browns 10 – Patriots 31
Week 15: vs. Chicago Bears
Weeden will be criticized after two poor games in a row. I think the Browns pull out a close one.
Final Score: Bears 16 – Browns 17
Week 16: @ New York Jets
The Jets’ defense will be stout, and the Browns will be in control of their own destiny for a wild card spot. Unfortunately, they will let the fans down as the young guys on defense have hit the rookie wall.
Final Score: Browns 17 – Jets 24
Week 17 @ Steelers
The Browns will need to win and get help from other teams in order to clinch the last Wild Card spot. They gut out a win but don’t get the help they need and finish as the seventh seed in the ACF.
Final Score: Browns 16 – Steelers 12
Even though they miss the playoffs at 9-7, I think Browns fans will be able to hold their heads high and say “Can’t wait for next year!”