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Next Two Weeks Will Prove What the Browns are Made Of

Anderson having a Pro Bowl Season 

Test number one has been passed, now the real games begin. In looking at the Browns schedule, starting with Sunday’s game against the Seahawks, the team embarks on their toughest three game set of the year. Now that they have taken care of their first opponent with a hard fought 33-30 overtime win, the teams next two games will either take them back down to .500 or push them even further towards a playoff spot.

Up first is Pittsburgh, a team that the Browns want a little revenge against after the Steelers spoiled their opening day at home with a 34-7 beating. Hindsight being what it is, that game may have been a blessing in disguise, since it was after that game the team pulled the plug on Charlie Frye and gave the ball to Derek Anderson. Since then, the team has won five of their last seven games with Anderson as the starter, and he seems destined for the Pro Bowl if there is any justice in this league. The Steelers will have a tough game tonight at home vs the Ravens, then have a short week before the Browns arrive. Could they be ripe for the pickens? We’ll see.

Then in two weeks it’s off to Baltimore to play the Ravens. The Browns beat the Ravens with some early fireworks back on September 30th at home, 27-13. They jumped on them with a couple of early big plays, and never looked back. The Ravens will likely be 5-4 entering the game vs the Browns, as most will have them losing tonight in Pittsburgh, then beating the very bad Bengals at home next week. Baltimore still has a tough defense, and the Browns cannot underestimate them on the road.

So it’s there for the taking for Cleveland. If you can earn a split over the next two your still sitting pretty for a possible playoff spot at 6-4 with a home game vs the Texans on 11/25, then a game against the not very good Cardinals on the road 12/2. With the way they are playing, it’s hard to think that the Browns are not going to be hanging around for a chance to play in the postseason in 2007.

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