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Like I thought
September 11, 2012 - Mike McLain
Plenty is made about the difficulty of NFL schedules when they are released in the offseason, but usually it's much to do about nothing.
Based on the final records from the 2011 season the Browns' schedule is among the five toughest in the league. As ominous as that might seem in April, the reality usually is that the schedules that seem tough in the spring aren't as challenging when the games are played.
Preseason conjecture had the Cincinnati Bengals and Buffalo Bills as two potential playoff teams. The Bengals made the playoffs last season and are considered a threat to win the AFC North Division. The Bills are looked at as up-and-coming because of perceived positive offseason moves.
Off the results of last weekend both suddenly look for ordinary if not downright bad. The Bengals lost to the Baltimore Ravens, 44-13, on Monday night. The Bills were humiliated by the New York Jets, 48-28, on Sunday.
It just so happens that the Browns' next two opponents are the Bengals next Sunday on the road and the Bills at home the following Sunday. The Browns can't assume a victory against any of the other 31 NFL teams, but it would appear they at least have a chance against the Bengals and Bills.
There's reason to get worked up over a schedule when it's first released. Save the worry for more important matters -- like Brandon Weeden's passer rating.
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