Last year, we debated some bold predictions about the Browns posted by Bleacher Report's Sebastian Bellitto in this not very good article. Bellitto was almost totally wrong, which in fairness is to be expected when you're making bold predictions. He predicted, for one thing, that Peyton Hillis would lead the AFC in rushing touchdowns. He ran it in three times in 2011, trailing the AFC leader, Baltimore's Ray Rice, by nine touchdowns. Bellitto also predicted that Joe Haden would lead the NFL in interceptions. Haden had zero. Another prediction gone wrong: that McCoy would pass for 3,000 yards; he ended the season with 2,733. A 3-1 record at the bye didn't happen, the Browns were never 7-4 or 4-2 in the AFC North. We didn't beat Pittsburgh in week 14 or sneak into the playoffs as a wildcard.
Belitto, however, did get one thing right: that Greg Little would lead the team in receiving. Most of the posters here thought this was a stretch, although rufio was spot-on on a number of things:
I can see Little being the leading receiver, and maybe 3-1 at the bye. I don’t think people will continue to throw at Haden, and I think people will stack the hell out of the box to take away Peyton on the goal line.
So fast-forward to this season. What are your bold, semi-bold, and extremely bold predictions for 2012? Will we sneak into the playoffs? Will Weeden pass for 3,000 yards? Will Little lead the division in receptions? Is Richardson going to have a 1,000-yard rushing season?
1) Semi-bold: We'll win at least seven games.
2) Bold: T-rich will have more than 1,400 total yards.
3) Extremely bold: Weeden leads the division in passing, and Travis Benjamin becomes his favorite target.