NFL schedule 2012: Browns host surging Redskins

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The Browns' schedule is about to toughen up for the remainder of the season, starting with a home match-up against the surging Washington Redskins on Sunday.

The Cleveland Browns have been one of the hotter teams in the NFL of late, winning their past three games, but they'll be hosting a team riding an even longer winning streak when the Washington Redskins come to town Sunday afternoon.

Over the past four weeks, the Redskins have emerged as a major contender in the NFC East, winning each game despite playing the Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys. With quarterback Robert Griffin III leading the way, Washington looks like a force to be reckoned with these days.

The Browns have been playing their best football of the season recently, though, leaving some optimism that Cleveland can be the team to end the Redskins' streak. Coming off an impressive 30-7 win over the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday, the Browns appear to be hitting their stride at the right time to make some noise.

During the final three weeks of the season, the Browns are scheduled to play the Redskins, Denver Broncos and Pittsburgh Steelers. Road games in Denver and Pittsburgh to end the season should be especially difficult for Pat Shurmur's squad.

Sunday's game against Washington begins at 1 p.m. ET, broadcast on FOX.

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