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Browns hoping to climb in AFC North

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BEREA, Ohio (AP) - For years, the Browns have been on the bottom looking up, way up, at three other teams AFC North. They may be starting to climb.

Cleveland has gone a combined 4-23 inside its division since 2008, an abysmal record against Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Baltimore - all playoff teams in 2011- that this year's Browns believe they can improve. The Browns split their two games against the Bengals this season and Sunday they'll get a chance to even their score with the Ravens, who beat Cleveland 23-16 on Sept. 27 and have won nine straight over the Browns.

Cornerback Joe Haden is 1 of several players who feel the Browns are closing that gap in their division and he feels "like our team is on the verge of being at the top."

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