I've grudgingly come to admire the Browns this season, despite the fact that I despise all division rivals. Won against the Pats and Saints, were really in it against the Jets, playing gritty on D and better than expected with McCoy. It's also easier to give them props when they're still down far enough in the division standings that you can afford to be gracious.
We were discussing this at the bar yesterday. I feel like the Browns have become our little brothers, in a sense. Certainly the vile hatred I felt for 'em in the late 70's/80's has evaporated, becuase there hasn't really been a meaningful game in so long (not counting last year's abortion).
So I have a kind of affection for 'em, kinda like the way we used to like having Bud Tarken around.