Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Predicting win total: Browns
By Jamison Hensley
The AFC North blog is revisiting the "More or Less" post all this week, the one where ESPN's John Clayton predicted the win total for every team in the NFL.
Clayton made his predictions in June, and a lot has changed with the teams since that time. The next team up is the Cleveland Browns, who are forecasted to go 4-12.
While the injury to defensive tackle Phil Taylor was known at that time, the Browns have had to deal with other issues as well over the past couple of months. Running back Trent Richardson, the team's top pick, hasn't played this preseason after having his knee scoped early in training camp. He is hopeful about playing in the season opener, although he will probably be limited.
The most serious injury was sustained by linebacker Chris Gocong, who was put on injured reserve after tearing his Achilles. The Browns also might be losing cornerback Joe Haden, who is facing a four-game suspension from the NFL for a failed drug test.
On a positive note, the Browns add wide receiver Josh Gordon from the supplemental draft since the original prediction. He would be the fourth rookie starting on offense for Cleveland.
So, will the Browns finish with more or less than four wins this season? Record your vote in the poll and give me feedback on your prediction by writing to the mailbag.