Good news: CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco predicts that the Cleveland Browns will win their home opener against the Miami Dolphins, representing the first time the Browns will have done so since 2004. The bad news: Prisco predicts the Browns to win just three more games over the course of the 2013 regular season, finishing 4-12 under new head coach Rob Chudzinski.
Prisco picks the Browns to drop games to the Baltimore Ravens (twice), Minnesota Vikings, Cincinnati Bengals (twice), Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers (twice), New England Patriots, and Chicago Bears. The teams which the Browns will allegedly top: Buffalo Bills, Jacksonville Jaguars, and New York Jets.
Naturally, predicting every game for an entire season can prove to be an empty exercise given the penchant for injuries and out-of-nowhere success. Prisco has long been a doubter of the Cleveland Browns, famously projecting them as a 1-15 team just one season ago. For what it is worth, Prisco also picked the eventually playoff-bound Indianapolis Colts as a 1-15 team; the New York Giants, who missed the playoffs all together, were given a 13-3 projection.
The Browns finished 5-11 in 2012, and have been tabbed as one of the potential surprises of 2013 by other outlets due to off-season additions as well as the switch to an offense that will be run by Norv Turner.