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Browns picked to regress, finish 4-12 in CBS Sports forecast

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.

[Related: Cleveland’s Craig Robertson working hard to make an impact]

  • Tim K.

    I’m not one to make predictions about the Browns, but I’ve never felt this confident that they would be better than 4-12. It sounds like this guy picking them to be bad is a good omen.

  • Short of massive injuries I don’t see this as a four win team and I’m still pretty questionable on Brandon Weeden. This defense should be worth a win or two more than what they did last year almost by themselves.

    Of course, we’ll see.

    I also think people are too high on the Ravens considering the SB hangover and all the losses to that roster. Boldin, Pitta, Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, etc? Come on. Before last year most people thought Flacco was a quality starter but somewhat inconsistent. We don’t know for sure that he’s going to continue the same hot streak he had going a year ago with his two main targets departed.

    Far be it for me to doubt Ozzie Newsome, but even he probably needs a year or two to make up for all that. Yet Prisco has them winning 10 games and beating the Browns twice? OK. Maybe.

  • Garry_Owen

    Imagine having a job where you get paid to be lazy. Good for you, Pete Prisco.

  • nj0

    Four or five… four or five… decisions, decisions.

  • CB Everett

    Peter Prisco couldn’t even pick a pack of pickled peppers. For what it’s worth. If only these guys were accountable for their silly predictions, just maybe he’d have to eat crow.

  • Lunch

    He has the Bengals winning the Super Bowl by 1 point against the Falcons? Bold choice!!

  • JHop

    Outside of stealing one of those match-ups with the Ravens and Steelers, and maybe beating the Vikings, I don’t see what other games the Browns could. If they get in a groove I could see the Browns sweeping the Steelers, but that’s about it. Puts us at 7-9, which I personally would be happy with. Go through each of the other teams we play this year and the outlook is bleak:

    Minnesota Vikings: 50/50 chance; basically comes down to which defense stops the opponent’s running game best
    Cincinnati Bengals (twice): monsters this year; we have a chance if Dalton regresses
    Detroit Lions: can only win if the Browns O can keep up, little chance at that
    Green Bay Packers: if defense regresses then we have a chance; tough to beat Green Bay at Lambeau
    Kansas City Chiefs: injury problems late in the season may be our saving grace, but they’re too well rounded on both sides of the ball
    New England Patriots: underrated; yes they lost a lot of talent, but Brady is always the deciding factor
    Chicago Bears: worse than last year, but not bad enough

  • Harv 21

    Well, at least Anthony Bennett will be a leading ROY candidate, and the Cavs will be the Biggest Riser. So there’s that.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    I think they’ll beat a bunch of those, actually. I also wouldn’t underrate the home/road splits of the Browns this year. They can go as good as 8-0 (!) at home and as bad as 1-7 on the road. (If they lose to the Jets…)

  • boomhauertjs

    Is that bad enough for Bridgewater? I’d guess they’ll be 6-10. That secondary is very shaky and QB is of course questionable.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I think you’re giving Andy Dalton too much credit. He was pretty good last year, but I’m not sure he even makes my top-10 QB list for this year. The Bengals are good, but could lose to anybody. Detroit is turnover-prone… the single biggest killer stat, and their offensive line is going to get wrecked by our pass rushers. I’m also not convinced Alex Smith can be penciled in for having a great season just yet. This is the NFL… the difference between the best teams and the Browns isn’t as far of a gap as you’re predicting.

  • Zach G.

    So Vegas has the Browns O/U at 6 games this year, a 1/2 game improvement from last years line. The Browns have been under the past three seasons, which would suggest that Vegas is kind to the Browns, surprising, I know.

    The real question is, then: Do you take the under like a true Browns fan? Or, do you take the Over, knowing that IF you’re right, you’re taking the money from some towel-waving Yins-er?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Hold up, hold on you mean it’s possible for the Browns to regress from a year ago under It’s Pat Shurmur? NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Baltimore unfortunately won’t be bad enough for it to matter for the Browns. Granted the losses of Boldin, Pitta and Reed will be a lot to overcome but Dumervil will help ease that pain greatly. Not to mention a healthy Suggs. I didn’t mention Ray Lewis because for me he was more of an emotional leader then anything. It could have an impact but not that much IMO.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Cincinnati’s offense is loaded easily the best in the division. If they can stay healthy and the defense does anything I’d say look out.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Doolittle now Pete Prisco I mean these have to be phony names no?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I’m feeling optimus prime and going 6-10. 7-9 if they can catch a few more breaks instead of suffering them.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Yea but Chris Perez just got lit up by Joe Mauer the Indian killer for a solo homerun to tie the game at 8-8 and force extra innings.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Nope. Need to do worse. But I’ll take Clowney as a consolation prize.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I agree. Their defense is pretty solid too, but ease up on serving yourself with… yourself (Kool-Aid). They’re basically the same team they were last year with a couple upgrades, just like the Browns.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    They now have a pair of talented TEs not to mention a dangerous backup RB (both positions drafted) to go along with what was already a dangerous but inexperienced WR corps. They drafted Mays for the secondary and signed Browns killer James Harrison.

    Or maybe it’s just because I’ve been watching “Hard Knocks” but I think the Bengals will be tough.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Haha, I knew it! I’ve been watching it too and they’re extremely likable. I can understand getting sucked in. To temper your expectations, Gio Bernard isn’t any better than Dion Lewis… I promise. Harrison is still a badass, but he’s old and there’s a reason the Steelers put him out to pasture. I don’t think much of Taylor Mays, but they had him last year as well… and the year before. I like Eiffert… don’t have anything bad to say about him, but I don’t think he’s necessarily going to have a bigger impact on a game than Mingo.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Well I’m sure they’ll figure out a way to use Gio but so will the Browns with Dion. The Browns have the advantage at RB and OL but that’s all. The Bengals have a better WR corps, better TEs and a better QB. I like Eiffert a lot.

  • MrCleaveland

    If we go 4-12, there is something hideously wrong. I just can’t imagine that happening. And I can’t imagine suffering through a season like that. So, there, it’s not going to happen. I just wished it so.

  • The_Real_Shamrock
  • Ben Frambaugh

    He’s been a writer for a long time, LOL. That might be a pseudonym, but it’s one he’s used forever.

  • Ben Frambaugh

    Let’s face it, until the Browns actually start winning consistently, there are very few national writers who are going to be picking them to win a lot of games. Since 99, we have had entirely too many inept coaching staffs and entirely too many inept offensive and defensive lines. You’re not winning when you’re struggling in both of those areas. To many of us, it appears that we’ve fixed both issues, but it has yet to be proven on the field.

  • 5KMD

    I’m fine with another year of “growing” but I swear to God if the Browns get swept by the AFC North teams this year I will….I will… I will, well I won’t be very happy.
    Need to finish 3-3 in the division this year and a winning record at home.

  • EdgewaterJoe

    Him and Pete Prisco, who predicts a Bengals/Falcons Super Bowl.

  • markn95

    This. Will. Not. Happen. Bengals and Falcons are two of most terrible playoff teams in recent memory. They have no problem making the postseason, they just can’t do anything once they get there.

  • DCTribeFan

    maybe I’m missing something, but…out of the plethora of prognosticators on the NFL pundity roles, why pay any attn to a guy who is just so historically bad at prognosticating? I mean, there’s the laughability factor, but still….?

  • Ed Springer

    To think the Browns are gonna be 4-12 again is acidnine. That says you don’t know crap about football. You’re just tryin’ to make people think you know something.Go back to playin’ madden 13 and leave the analysing to the experts.