Cleveland Browns 2011 Schedule: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Joe HunleyContributor IApril 20, 2011

CLEVELAND, OH - JANUARY 02:  Linebacker Lawrence Timmons #94 of the Pittsburgh Steelers sacks quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on January 2, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns 2011 schedule has been released, and provided there is a season, many analysts are already weighing in with pros and cons, along with their final predictions.

After reviewing the Browns' schedule, coffee in hand and rain pouring down on my already soaked lawn, I have determined that the schedule resembles the latest round of Cleveland weather—The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

The Good

The Browns open the season against the Cincinnati Bengals, a team trying to rebuild and possibly without their starting quarterback Carson Palmer. This is an opportunity for the Browns, with coach Pat Shurmur to start off on a high note.

Three of the four games to start the season are played at home—the Bengals, Miami Dolphins and the Tennessee Titans—while the Browns will travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts. Having three games at home, with one game away before entering the bye week can be viewed as a plus for any team.

The Bad

Provided the Browns can "build up a head of steam" at the start of the season and carry that momentum into Weeks 6 through 13, Cleveland has a real chance of improving last season's record of 5-11. Enter "The Bad."

Weeks 14 to 16 will not be so kind to the Browns as they will play at Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals and the Baltimore Ravens, possibly a three-game losing streak going into January.

The Ugly

The Browns come home to end the regular season, against the defending AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Playing the Steelers twice and Ravens once in the final four games of the season is just plain ugly.

You can view the Browns' complete 2011 schedule HERE.