Browns are down to four chances to get one win

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The 2016-17 Browns officially have passed the 1976-77 Buccaneers for the worst two-season run of futility at 1-27, versus Tampa’s 2-26. The 2017 Browns still have a chance to match the 2008 Lions for the worst single-season failure in NFL history.

At 0-12, the Browns have four chances to do something they haven’t done since Week 16 of 2016: Win a game.

“There are only four left, you said it,” Browns coach Hue Jackson told reporters earlier this week. “I do not look at it and think of it that way. It is Green Bay this week. That is the only thing that we can worry about. I do not look and say, ‘Well, maybe it is this one. Maybe it is that one.’ We have to go out and play our tails off to try to secure a win this week here at home in front of our fans. That has to mean something to our players, too, being in front of the Dawg Pound and at home. I think our guys will come out and play well.”

If the Browns lose at home to the Aaron Rodgers-less Packers, Cleveland will have one more chance at home, the following Sunday against the Ravens. It will be one day away from the 10-year anniversary of Baltimore’s loss to the then-winless Dolphins, who nearly went 0-16 a year before the Lions pulled it off. But these Ravens are chasing a playoff berth, and chances are they won’t let their foot slip off the pedal against the team that now is the franchise the Ravens once were.

So then it will come down to road games at Chicago and Pittsburgh, making the contest at the three-win Bears the last, best chance to avoid going 0-16. That game will happen on Christmas Eve, precisely one year after the team’s most recent win.

It may not have to come to that. The Packers are a very different team without Rodgers, with a sputtering offense and a defense that is hardly dominant. Maybe this weekend will be the one in which the Browns secure their one win of the year.

However the final four weeks play out, it’s clear that the Browns aren’t getting it done, and that major changes are needed — again — for the franchise that has one playoff appearance since it returned to the NFL in 1999.

47 responses to “Browns are down to four chances to get one win

  1. Kizer will lock in on Josh Gordon every single play, and since Dom Capers defenses have given up historically massive games to individuals due to his terrible inability to scheme, the Browns will come out victorious.

    Cleveland 20
    Green Bay 17

    Josh Gordon – 10/160/2

  2. I honestly feel for Browns fans.
    The Browns are one of those great old school NFL teams, steeped in tradition and history.
    They’ve got great, loyal, fervent fans, who deserve a better fate than they’ve received of late.
    It’s easy to jump on the bandwagon of the latest flavor of the week.
    You see it almost every year and it’s always sad and pathetic.

    Obviously, as a Packer fan, I hope they extend the Browns futility one more week.
    But, as a fan who lived through some dark, desperate years throughout the 70’s and 80’s, it makes the climb to the top and the eventual Championships all that much sweeter.

  3. The one-win 49ers are now two-win 49ers because:

    A: The Bears are on a 5 game losing streak and Jon Fox is coming up with clever new ways to keep riding the sick wave on his L-shaped surfboard
    B: Garoppolo is at least good enough to get the team into field goal range multiple times
    C: Robbie Gould is good at field goals

    Problem:

    A: Fox will eventually wipe out and accidentally coach his team to a win
    B: Kizer is not good enough to get into field goal range multiple times
    C: Its a moot point because Gonzalez is not good at field goals anyway

    0-16 it is

  4. In the bag Browns fans.

    Chicago is the only place with a worse GM, coach and QB then the browns.

    At least the browns only give up 1 first round pick for a 3’rd round talent qb. Chicago gave up four picks just as bad.

  5. The Browns will probably win this week and they’ll probably beat Chicago, because even Green Bay beat Chicago. Boom, 2-14 and no one will be talking about how historically bad they are.

  6. If the Steelers game is meaningless (Steelers already clinched whatever position they are in), then they may not play their stars and the Browns could have a chance there.

    Steelers look like they would have a week off at this point, but who knows, if they don’t have a week off they will sit out most everyone.

  7. It’s very hard for me to imagine the Bears winning another game this season. When the Bears choose to not make any coaching changes after the debacle against the 49ers, I see a team with no heart and no fight left. The Browns will want it more weather they are 0-14 or not going into the game. It will hardly be a home game for the Bears since there will likely be 20,000 + no shows.

  8. As requested, the Chargers did the right thing and gave them a win last year. This year it will be the Bears for Christmas. I should apply to the NFL Scripting Department.

  9. “Chicago is the only place with a worse GM, coach and QB then the browns”

    Yeah nope. You can argue for coach, but the Browns wish they only had an iffy GM and a QB who is kinda promising.

  10. The Browns will probably win this week and they’ll probably beat Chicago, because even Green Bay beat Chicago. Boom, 2-14 and no one will be talking about how historically bad they are.
    ——
    What’s funny is that Chicago took the vaunted Vikings to the last play of the game a few weeks back.

  11. If the Browns play a fraction of the way they played the Vikings in London, the Cheese are going down. That’s a big IF, but it’s a very good possibility. 84 yards and a INT won’t get them a win this week.

  12. The Browns don’t need to fire anybody. They just need to bring in an experienced football scout, and let him run personnel. If constantly firing people was working, wouldn’t the Browns be the best team in the NFL? Don’t we always say the way to describe insanity is to continue to do the same thing but expect a different result? But that’s only what we say when we talk about others. We have a different set of rules for ourselves. Either that or a lot of us are insane.

  13. and if green bay loses to the browns, they’ll either drop just 1 spot in the power rankings, or go up 5 because “it shouldnt have happened”
    ——
    And I’m sure you and the troll patrol will be there to set us all straight.

  14. I second the comment about the Browns having a chance against the Steelers if that game is meaningless for the Steelers. Last year Landry Jones won the game in OT for the Steelers so it was close.

  15. 84 yards and a INT won’t get them a win this week.
    —–
    Really, when did the browns become better than the bucs? Please tell us oh genius Viking fan who has no business posting to this story.

  16. As a GB fan, I’m pulling for CLE this Sunday. Why? Because maybe, just maybe, it will be the catalyst to “release” Ted Thompson and fire Dom Capers. Plus, if GB wins, it could mean that AR will return, which is not a good thing for his long term health.

  17. PLease, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please,please, please beat the Packers.
    That might make me even giddier than another Vikings win!

  18. Use the first overall pick to draft a new owner, and the other first round pick to draft a new team name. Maybe grab the vacant ‘Oilers’ name and see if Warren Moon will come out of retirement, I bet he’s still better than the 30 odd names on that Browns QB jersey.

  19. hippstuff says:
    December 5, 2017 at 8:11 pm
    PLease, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please,please, please beat the Packers.
    That might make me even giddier than another Vikings win!
    ——————————————————
    Always does.

  20. No team wants to lose to a winless team. The last 4 teams will be playing the Browns as if they were playing against the defending super bowl champions.

  21. It will be close until the 4th thanks to some Kizer turnovers or dropped passes or no timeouts or failed trades or another Bottlegate or……..well, just name it.

  22. 3 years ago Hue Jackson made Andy Dalton an mvp level player. He was the hottest coaching candidate by far, yet he took the browns job. It was a job everyone said he should pass on, especially with the giants opening. He took it and likely won’t get a 3rd chance at head coach, but man has that guy been handicapped when it comes to talent. The browns intentionally dumped talent for cash and picks, the raiders had no talent and no leadership when Al Davis passed away. What a waste of an opportunity. Wherever Marvin Lewis ends up next year, I bet hue Jackson is his coordinator.

  23. Wow. Even now. Even at this rare moment-in-time when the Vikings may not need to emply their annual embrace-the-suck mindset, the obsessed Viking trolls remain intrinsically fascinated by the Packers. I think they’re feeding off our successful brainwashed-to-win mentality and have no real clue what to do next. They stick near the pro football fans with the most been-there done-that experience in the history of the NFL. Smart.

    That would be my assumption.

  24. Knock knock:
    Who’s there?:
    Lion:
    Lion who?
    The Lions will be the only team to go win less in an NFL season, mark my words. We need a coach.

  25. As a Saints fan…I feel for Browns fans. It will get better one day. As for Vikings fans….football fans around the world know how this season will end for you. Either one and done or they’ll lose the championship game. Just hope it ain’t the Saints that send you packing….again!

    XLIV!!

  26. Still not as bad as the 1992 Seattle Seahawks team. Worst team in NFL history. I’m not sure how they got 2 wins that season. Avg score that year was 8.8 points per game, a record that will never be beaten even if teams tried.

  27. I don’t care about the Browns winning, but it pisses me off that they get the first overall pick every year. NFL needs to institute a lottery.

  28. this should be called the “battle of the toilet bowl”. If the browns can’t beat the hapless and tasteless Packers they won’t get a win anywhere……

  29. It’s easy to jump on the bandwagon of the latest flavor of the week.
    You see it almost every year and it’s always sad and pathetic.

    >>

    Like Packer fans. until good ole Capers ruins it.

  30. The NFL should be ashamed of itself for letting this charade with the Browns to continue. The Browns are not talking for the first pick. They really are this bad. Only so much the coaches can do with a roster that is 60 million dollars under the cap so the carpet bagger Haslam can maximize his profits. THE NFL HAS ALLOWED THIS TO GO ON FOR 3 YEARS

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