Browns end 12-year streak of losing seasons but want more

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The Browns held off the Jaguars 27-25 on Sunday. It was not impressive, but the victory assured the Browns won’t finish the season with a losing record.

In Cleveland, that’s a big deal.

The Browns have not finished with winning record since 2007. They are one win from assuring that.

But for the first time since 2007, the Browns won’t finish with a non-winning record. At 8-3, they can’t go worse than 8-8.

“We are just trying to go 1-0 each week,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said. “We get to eight [wins], and we have a bunch more games here to go. We are really not concerned with the past.”

The Browns were 4-12 in 2008, 5-11 in 2009, 5-11 in 2010, 4-12 in 2011, 5-11 in 2012, 4-12 in 2013, 7-9 in 2014, 3-13 in 2015, 1-15 in 2016, 0-16 in 2017, 7-8-1 in 2018 and 6-10 in 2019. The 12-year streak of seasons with a losing record was the second-longest streak of its kind in NFL history.

The Browns, who have not made the postseason since 2002, want more.

“We still haven’t played our best ball yet, and I truly believe that,” quarterback Baker Mayfield said. “But I feel like we’re improving at the right time. And so for us to continue to improve and find ways to win at this point in the year, I think is the most important thing.”

14 responses to “Browns end 12-year streak of losing seasons but want more

  1. Crushed by the Ravens, Raiders, and Steelers, squeaked by the Bengals twice, 3 wins vs the NFC Least, beat the Terrible Texans, and barely beat Jacksonville with their 3rd string QB. Only quality win was against the erratic Colts. The schedule gets tougher and this team looks like a 10-6 wildcard.

  2. originalsteelcurtain says:
    November 29, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    Crushed by the Ravens, Raiders, and Steelers, squeaked by the Bengals twice, 3 wins vs the NFC Least, beat the Terrible Texans, and barely beat Jacksonville with their 3rd string QB. Only quality win was against the erratic Colts.
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    Considering that people have been yammering all year about the Steelers’ easy schedule making their 10-0 record a sham, I’m surprised that “originalsteelcurtain” would even go there. This is the NFL: A win is a win.

  3. The Burrow Bengals were not an easy out. Ask the Titans. The Browns were not “crushed” by the Raiders, anyone asserting that is disingenuous or clueless. They had big Ls on the road against two obv tough division opponents, one coming right away in Stefanski’s first game after no preseason and a covid training camp. They’ve been without elite players at WR, DE, RG, and now CB for multiple games.
    Wouldn’t expect intelligent analysis from a yinzer though heh. Go Browns!!! 8-3! Keep em coming!!!

  4. Hell yeah! Love seeing all these “Who did they beat” posts online.
    For them to beat anyone is still a big deal. They won ONE game in two seasons. For them to be at 8 wins is a huge accomplishment. So many of these close games they would have lost in past seasons. Last season was a mess with Freddie Kitchens and yet here they are looking like a playoff team. Don’t care how they get there and if they lose right away that is okay too. It will suck, but not as much as the season basically ending in September for the last two decades.

  5. fellas, if they get a healthy OBJ next year, and a couple more pieces they can be a dangerous team, i like baker, the young head coach is a nice fit, as long as they can avoid drama and the players play like a family they can be lethal attacking team.

  6. I am not going to mention the wins vs patsies but do you really feel Chubb and an average defense will beat anyone in the playoffs? Mayfield is the new Andy Dalton in the AFC Central – a soon-to-be $100+mill QB the Browns will be stuck with who will win 8-10 gms per yr but never beat the elite teams in the playoffs.

  7. Just poking at the Bear, Browns fans! 8-3 is respectable, regardless of the schedule. We will all have a better gauge of where the Browns are after the next two weeks.

  8. “…the Browns will be stuck with who will win 8-10 gms per yr but never beat the elite teams in the playoffs.”

    Do you understand that is a HUGE success for the Cleveland Browns in 2020?

    Browns won zero games in 2017 and drafted QB first overall in the 2018 draft. The jets were 5-11 in 2017 and drafted a QB with the third pick in 2018. 2.5 years later, the Browns are 8-3 playing for a wildcard spot and the Jets are winless and probably going QB again in next year’s draft. Baker has not shown himself to be elite, but they were WINLESS the year before he got there, have had a losing record for 12 straight seasons and haven’t been to the playoffs in 18 years. Also, the browns have not returned the same head coach and starting quarterback for two consecutive seasons since 2001 (Chris Palmer and Tim Couch).

    You can criticize them if you want, but objectively this season is a success against the backdrop of this franchise’s history and they have something to build on.

  9. The Browns have to continue to run the ball and help Baker out. Had they done this last year they would have won at least eight games. One game at a time, with another big one this week.

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