A wise man once said that in Northeast Ohio, only two things are certain: Ongoing road work and the Cleveland Browns being mediocre. After all, much like construction on the roadways, the Browns are perpetually a work in frustrating progress, which makes this week’s uniform combination work on a multitude of levels.
For the first time this season, the Browns will wear their elusive orange jerseys, completing the look with white pants and brown socks when they take the field against the New York Jets on Sunday. The Week 8 announcement came Thursday afternoon through a tweet from the team:
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 27, 2016
In the spirit of being constantly “under construction,” I’m calling this look the Battered Barrels. Much like a crumpled heap of orange plastic on the side of I-71, this winless Browns team is just a few tough hits away from completely falling apart. Let’s proceed with caution on Sunday, Cleveland. Don’t let those hopes against the 2-5 Jets get too high.
It’s important to note that the Browns only wore orange jerseys twice last season, in a Week 8 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, and in a Week 14 win at home over the San Francisco 49ers. Are they mixing it up this week in an effort to change their collective luck and bring home a win this season? Fingers crossed. Until then, build on, Brownies, build on.
As always, here’s a reminder of the team’s record and what they’ve worn so far this season: