With a division consisting of the always tough Pittsburgh Steelers, the ever dangerous Baltimore Ravens and the one-step-away-from-contending Cincinnati Bengals, the Cleveland Browns already have the odds stacked against them like no other team in football. Add a 1-5 start on top of that, and not even a 50% division collapse would offer much consultation.
With Mangenius (still deserving?) needing a stay of execution in the form of a win and the Browns needing offense stability like a fish needs water, it’s not really a question in Cleveland of things being as bad as they seem. It’s more about: can they possibly get any worse?
Taking the fan angle completely out of it and approaching it logically and through more of an odds-maker’s perspective, we’ll gloss over the Browns’ chances to at least right the ship and match 2009’s 1-11 squad that went on a 4-game mini tear, playing the proverbial spoiler.
Realistically, if the Browns want to be considered better than last year’s squad, then they won’t get a chance to prove that until at least week 12 of the season. Cleveland’s upcoming schedule looks like someone’s playing a cruel joke on the Browns more so than any mere happenstance.
You could play roulette online and find better odds than the Brows visiting New Orleans this week. And then New England comes to Cleveland after the bye, followed by the Jets, before the Browns head down to Jacksonville to play a tough defense.
Things won’t let up for Cleveland until week 12 with the Carolina Panthers. Not that Carolina is a push-over, mind you, but they’ll probably be in similar shape by the time these teams play.
What the Browns put out on the field here of late looks more like they’re trying to kill time in between pre and postgame meals rather than playing football. It’s hard to say what’s up with the team beyond a lack of motivation. Maybe they’re trying to play baccarat online instead of listening to the coach during halftime.
Only beating the Bengals 23-20 after they bungled the place up and shot their toes off, the Browns’ s point total for their succeeding games is 20 – 10 put up in consecutive weeks at home against Atlanta and at Pittsburgh.
Losing be damned, barely showing up on the scoreboard is a sure sign of a lack of consistency on offense. One bright spot for Cleveland is that McCoy will be a little more settled in now that he’s getting his second start in a row.
However, this is out of the frying pan and into the fire for the rookie. He played decent football, all things considered, against the Steelers’ defense, but now he’s heading to the NFL’s loudest arena, the Superdome, to play the defending—and always big-scoring—Super Bowl champion Saints.
Luckily for Colt, New Orleans’ defense isn’t that tough. But this is still an incredibly difficult task for the Browns in general.
You don’t have to find the best online casino bonus and sports book deal here to realize that the Browns are a long-shot to be a better team than they were last year. With this grueling schedule, instability in the QB department and a coach that could be on his way out, finishing up 5-11 is actually giving the team some credit. They’re looking much more like a 3-13 team to date.