It’s 75 days until the new NFL season begins but for a football mad guy like me that’s just too long so I’ve taken it upon myself to go over each NFL schedule and try and predict for all of you what may happen once the season rolls around.
We begin this week with the AFC North and the Cleveland Browns who went 4-12 in 2011. Here’s how I think their season will go:
- Week 1 vs Philadelphia Eagles – Loss
- Week 2 at Cincinnati Bengals – Loss
- Week 3 vs Buffalo Bills – Loss
- Week 4 at Baltimore Ravens – Loss
- Week 5 at New York Giants – Loss
- Week 6 vs Cincinnati Bengals – Loss
- Week 7 at Indianapolis Colts – Win
- Week 8 vs San Diego Chargers – Loss
- Week 9 vs Baltimore Ravens – Loss
- Week 10 BYE
- Week 11 at Dallas Cowboys – Loss
- Week 12 vs Pittsburgh Steelers – Loss
- Week 13 at Oakland Raiders – Win
- Week 14 vs Kansas City Chiefs – Win
- Week 15 vs Washington Redskins – Loss
- Week 16 at Denver Broncos – Loss
- Week 17 at Pittsburgh Steelers – Loss
Overall record for the Cleveland Browns in 2012: 3-13
As always the Browns have a rather tough schedule being in the AFC North but this year it’s even tougher as they face the NFC East. It’s the start of the season that will be what breaks the back of this team as they begin with six matchups who have extraordinary defenses giving rookies Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden no time to acclimatise to the NFL.
There’s also the matter of the late bye in week 10 by which the Browns will not only be out of any title race but in all likelihood regretting the trade of Colt McCoy that is expected any day now. This is a team that still has a lot of rebuilding to do and I’m afraid it’s nothing but misery for fans this year. But cheer up – at least you get the reprieve of facing the AFC West whom the Browns split games 50-50.
Next up on the schedule previews – the Cincinnati Bengals later this evening.