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Week 1 NFL Picks: Eagles Vs. Browns

The Browns open their season on Sunday when they welcome Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles to town.

The Browns finished the 2011 season 4-12, losing their last six games of the season. They have a new cast of characters leading the offense this year with first-round picks quarterback Brandon Weeden and running back Trent Richardson as the focal points. The Browns are hoping Richardson is ready to play, as he missed the preseason after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. However, he has recently returned to practice.

Cleveland also hopes to have the services of third-year CB Joe Haden who is currently in the process of appealing a four-game suspension for a positive drug test.

The Browns should expect to experience some growing pains in this game, relying on two rookies to carry the load. The Eagles will be looking to build on the end of their 2011 season, which they closed out with four straight wins. Assuming Vick can stay healthy, the Browns won’t be able to keep pace.

Final score prediction: Eagles 24, Browns 13

For more on the Browns; check out Dawgs By Nature and SB Nation Cleveland. Also, be sure to play SB Nation's Pick 6 Football every week this season.

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