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Gene Wang

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While the Patriots, Colts and Cowboys are this season's Super Bowl darlings, the Cleveland Browns are almost an afterthought. Those elite teams ought to be worried about the upstart Browns based on their young talent and offseason upgrades.

Young quarterback Derek Anderson has become one of the most productive passers in the league, and Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow finally turned potential into results. Jamal Lewis had a career resurgence behind one of the best offensive lines in the league, and this season he rarely will be faced with eight-man fronts out of respect for the passing game that added Donte Stallworth.

The Browns addressed a glaring weakness on defense by adding tackle Shaun Rogers to shore up the middle in the 3-4 scheme. Corey Williams arrived from Green Bay, and the former defensive tackle is moving to end. And lest we forget, they have a huge difference-maker in Joshua Cribbs on special teams.

Don't be surprised to see the Browns go deep into the postseason and with a couple bounces end up in the Super Bowl.

By Gene Wang  |  September 1, 2008; 3:20 PM ET  | Category:  Cleveland Browns , NFL , Super Bowl Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Gene,
I am a die hard Cleveland Browns fan and while I appreciate your optimism, the Browns are more than a couple of bounces away from the Super Bowl. Our defense is still a year away from being good. Look for the Browns to finish around 9-7.

Posted by: DevilDawg | September 3, 2008 9:30 AM

Gene,
I am glad to see someone shares my view of the Browns this year. They will make it to the Super Bowl this year. They will really come into their own the second half of the season and get hot when it matters. Dallas will beat them in Week One. But the Brownies will beat Dallas in the title game.

Posted by: ItHurtz | September 3, 2008 9:51 AM

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