Browns

Will the Browns win a game this season?

The Cleveland Browns lost on Sunday to the Los Angeles Chargers, 19-10, for their 12th defeat of the season. The team is still in search of their first win of the 2017 NFL season, as the Browns stand at 0-12. The season has unraveled and change is coming most likely following the end of this debacle of a season. But, before we get to the offseason, the big question is: Will the Browns win a game this season?

Well, the Browns have four games left to wave off the 0-16 parade and get at least one victory in the 2017 NFL season. The Browns will have two straight home games starting this Sunday versus the Green Bay Packers. Following the Packers, the Browns host the Baltimore Ravens. To finish up the season, the Browns hit the road for the Chicago Bears and then the season finale at the Pittsburgh Steelers. Is there at least one win in there?

Let’s take a look at each of the final four games. I will examine the four opponents, while also giving my likelihood of a victory and a fearless prediction. Here we go.

Sunday, December 10th: Browns vs. Green Bay Packers (6-6)

What to Know

The Green Bay Packers are coming off an overtime win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and are in the midst of a somewhat hopeful playoff run. The Packers are out of the running for the division with the Minnesota Vikings cruising at the top of the division at 10-2. Green Bay has a chance to possibly earn a bid as a wildcard team, but they trail both the Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers, who both stand at 8-4. So, the Browns will be facing a very hungry and motivated team, looking to improve their standing in the wildcard race.

How the Browns match up with the Packers

The Packers are toting an inexperienced backup quarterback in Brett Hundley, who replaced Aaron Rodgers after his injury. But, the Packers have some dangerous weapons in the passing game in wide receivers Davante Adams and Jordy Nelson. The Packers offense is definitely not one of the more prolific units, especially without Rodgers. The Browns defense should be able to handle the Packers offense. The Browns defensive line should have an advantage against the Packers offensive line, which would mean the Browns can get some pressure on Hundley and force mistakes. With Cleveland’s solid run defense, the Browns could be able to put the success of the offense on the back of Hundley.

On offense, the Browns should not be scared of the Packers pass defense and secondary. Quarterback DeShone Kizer will not be threatened by a dangerous defense, giving him a chance to rebound from the poor performance against the Chargers. The Browns run game could have some problems against the solid Packers defense. With the quick trigger of Hue Jackson to ditch the run game, the Browns may not have success in this area. Kizer may need to be the driving force to a successful day on offense.

Likelihood of a Win

40%. It’s higher than you think. The Browns are at home versus a team that will likely overlook them due to their final stretch of tough games. The lack of a good quarterback for the Packers and their numerous injuries also levels the playing field a little.

My Prediction

I believe the Browns will win this game. Call me crazy (I am), but I have circled this game on the schedule for a few weeks now. The Packers are the walking wounded and have a below average quarterback leading the offense. This means the Browns will not need to get into a scoring battle. Defense will be the key and I think the Browns have the edge in this battle.

Sunday, December 17th: Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens (7-5)

What to Know

The Baltimore Ravens are rolling with a three-game win streak, after they defeated the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The Ravens are likely out of the running for the AFC North division title with the Pittsburgh Steelers at the top with a 10-2 record. But, the Ravens are in the playoffs as of today as the second wildcard team. Baltimore is likely battling for the two wildcard spots amongst the group of the Jaguars, Chargers, Bills and Raiders. The Ravens will be highly motivated to continue their run to the playoffs. Cleveland lost the first matchup versus Baltimore, 24-10.

How the Browns match up with the Ravens

The Browns just do not match up with the Baltimore Ravens. On offense, the Browns are just overmatched by the talented Ravens defense. Allowing the third fewest points per game, the Ravens defense is a complete unit with playmakers all around. Kizer will likely struggle like he did in the first game against the talented defense. The secondary and pass rush is just a deadly combination that will likely cause Kizer to commit multiple mistakes. The only way the Browns can try and get some momentum on offense is through their run game. Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson should be heavily used to limit the exposure of Kizer.

On defense, the Browns have always struggled against quarterback Joe Flacco. Flacco has a 16-2 record versus Cleveland. But, the Ravens offense is not a unit to fear. The player to watch on the Ravens offense against the Browns is tight end Benjamin Watson. Watson crushed the Browns defense in the season’s first game as most tight ends have against the unit. Big plays will be a determining factor to keep the offense down as receivers Mike Wallace and Jeremy Maclin can take the top off a defense. The trio of Alex Collins, Javorius Allen and Danny Woodhead form a versatile running backs unit that can hurt you in multiple ways. With Flacco under center, the offense will likely be all right versus the Browns defense.

Likelihood of a Win

2%. The Browns will be facing a team in the midst of playoff run with a powerful defense and a veteran quarterback. Not good.

My Prediction

The Browns will lose this game and it will likely be an ugly one to watch. The Browns offense will not be successful versus the Ravens defense and Flacco will be Flacco versus the Browns.

Sunday, December 24th: Browns @ Chicago Bears (3-9)

What to Know

The Chicago Bears are 3-9 after losing on Sunday to the San Francisco 49ers, 15-14. The Bears are out of the playoff chase and in the midst of a rebuild. The team will not have the motivation of a playoff race with just draft positioning on the line.

How the Browns match up with the Bears

The Chicago Bears offense is led by a rookie quarterback, Mitch Trubisky. The Browns defense actually matches up with this offense pretty well. The Browns defense is more talented than the Bears offense. The backbone of the Bears offense is running back Jordan Howard and the run game. But, the Browns’ strength on defense is their run defense, which is a good sign for this game. If the Browns can slow down the Bears run game, it will force Trubisky to have to do more to score points. And when you put a rookie quarterback with a big workload, mistakes can be made. The Bears have an OK line, but the Browns have faced better this season. The two players the Browns need to focus on intently are Howard and the big play producer Tarik Cohen.

The Bears defense is a solid group with a cornerback unit that can be troubling for an opposing receiver unit to get away from. Kyle Fuller and Prince Amukamara form a young talented cornerback duo, who has really emerged this season. The Chicago defensive line is another solid unit to keep in check. Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks is a disruptive player in the trenches, who can make plays against the run and pass game. Kizer will once again face a defense that can make a hard day for him, but it is a unit that should not deter him. The run game should be the Browns centerpiece as it should be always.

Likelihood of a Win

55%. The Browns will be on the road, but the Bears are a young team with no motivation of a playoff race. Both teams will be looking towards the offseason.

My Prediction

I think the Browns will lose this game. The Browns should win this game as I think the Browns are more talented than the Bears. But, this game seems like a game where the Browns somehow overlook the opponent and lose like the Colts game earlier in the season.

Sunday, December 31st: Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers (10-2)

What to Know

The Pittsburgh Steelers are 10-2 after their victory on Monday night versus the Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers are at the top of the AFC North division and are looking like they will take the title again this season. The Steelers will be motivated to stay on top of the division, but also to improve their seed in the AFC playoffs. The Steelers have a chance to get the No. 1 seed and get homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. The Browns lost the first matchup to the Steelers, 21-18.

How the Browns match up with the Steelers

The Browns defense is overmatched by the explosive Pittsburgh Steelers defense. The Steelers offense is a big play producer, but it can also control the time of possession. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is a Hall of Fame quarterback who has dominated the Browns in his career, notching a 22-2 record versus Cleveland. Wide receiver Antonio Brown is a mismatch for all the Browns secondary players (and the league), while running back Le’Veon Bell is a player who can kill a defense running or catching the ball. The Browns defense is not bad to say the least, but the Steelers have one of the best offenses in the league will playmakers throughout the unit. The saving grace may be that with it being the season finale, some of these playmakers might sit.

The Browns offense versus the Steelers defense is another loss for Cleveland. The Ravens defense has very little holes in the unit. The Steelers defensive line is a dominant force with the ability to control the trenches. The Steelers are a pass rushing machine with the ability to create havoc in the pocket. The most vulnerable part of the Steelers defense is the secondary, but that unit is not too shabby either. Kizer will have to pray that the Steelers decide to sit some of their defensive stars because it could be a long day for the rookie.

Likelihood of a Win

15%. It would be 0% if it was a game midway through the season. But, the Browns likelihood of a win is much better if Pittsburgh has nothing to play for. This could lead to the Steelers sitting some of the starters. But on the road, it is still a tough task against Pittsburgh.

My Prediction

The Browns will lose this game. It will not matter if the Steelers sit some of their starters. The Browns offense is just not good enough to score against the Steelers.

  • RGB

    Trust. The. Process.
    0-16!

  • JM85

    It’s gotten so bad, we’re now asking if the Browns will win a game. Yikes.

  • MartyDaVille

    Will the Browns even win a game NEXT season? If they don’t load up on talented free agents, I don’t see any logical, objective reason to think they will be any better than they are now. They can’t count on their upcoming draft picks to make an immediate difference. I suppose they could win one or maybe even two games by accident or fluke.

    But that’s what happens when you let an unqualified lawyer pick and cut your players.

  • RGB

    Wins are not an indicator of the effectiveness of The Process.

  • Chris
  • Chris
  • tigersbrowns2

    Browns beat the Packers AND Bears … finish 2-14 & still have the first pick of the draft … have a nice day !

  • RGB
  • tigersbrowns2

    … and what would 2-14 be ?? … that’s right , PROGRESS.

  • RGB

    Based on current records and strength of schedule, going 2-14 would land us the #3 pick.
    OH AND SiXTEEN…

    https://media.giphy.com/media/xXXhLy1M4RML6/giphy.gif

  • Chris
  • Chris

    1-16? How are they getting into the playoffs at 1-15?

    WFNY Code of Conduct: Section V, Article 3.1
    Typos may not be corrected once subsequent comment has been made to poke fun at said typo.

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi RGB … the Giants will win at Arizona week 16 & Grabapolo & the 49ers beat the Texans this week to both earn their 3rd victory .

    GO 49ers !!

  • JM85
  • tigersbrowns2

    hi CHRIS … by virtue of their undefeated pre-season ?? … cuz we deserve it ?? … just cuz ??

  • RGB

    If I see an oops in a post I made a week ago, I’ll correct it.
    Best to let my posts percolate for a few seconds before pouncing. lol

  • MartyDaVille

    It’s kind of amazing that after they fired Ray Farmer, they actually got worse.

  • Chris

    It’s worse. We’re asking which games the Browns even have a shot at winning.

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi MARTY … i would say the HBT drafted better than Farmer & Farmer had some veterans on his squads so they could get those few victories.

  • tigersbrowns2

    … i am all for letting the unqualified lawyer pick and cut our players for 1 more season.

  • Harv

    This obsession with wins is only relevant to those unfamiliar with league history, who do not understand the years of utter futility required to build a sustainable (go on, say it, “sustainable”) championship contender. One with a CORE of young TALENT that will thrive despite the ebbs and flows of the NFL. A core impervious to inevitable random events: weather occurrences, draft busts, felony convictions. Look around, you myopic sheep, and try to internalize what you see: Myles, Shobert, Nassib, multiple guys named Coleman. Virtual condoms protecting the nation’s best fan base and this STORIED FRANCHISE from down years. There now … so, who still wants to talk about wins?

  • mgbode

    Drafting Lamar Jackson with the No. 1 overall pick will make the team better in and of itself.

  • mgbode

    The full season schedule though shows SF would drop below us and NYG might. There is a decent chance winning two games still nets us the No. 1 overall pick even if those teams don’t win another game (which they could).

  • Harv

    [Btw, has anyone scoured other potential draftees named Coleman? Smelling a cheat code from DePodesta’s software program]

  • RGB

    “There is a decent chance winning two games still nets us the No. 1 overall pick even if those teams don’t win another game (which they could).”

    “Decent” =/= 100%

  • RGB
  • Harv

    I think the Browns should market Process Ale.

  • mgbode

    Yes, but it might be 100% by the time we need to know. Winning one game in the interim will not hurt us.

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi MG … Jackson over Rosen at #1 overall ? … and couldn’t Jackson be had with our 2nd first round pick ?

  • RGB

    Parade > 1 win

  • Pat Leonard

    Carson Wentz was BAD in his first season. Jared Goff was BAD in his first season. I think folks here are forgetting that the Browns will be BAD with a rookie QB next season. Which is fine, they can be bad and still be building something great for the future, but the idea that a rookie is going to come into an extremely young roster and win games is silly. Yes, Deshaun Watson played great and won games, but he did so on a veteran roster. Ditto Dak Prescott last year. I don’t want to hear any complaining around here when the Browns go 3-13 with Josh Rosen or Lamar Jackson or Baker Mayfield or etc. Can we all agree that’s a fair deal?

  • mgbode

    By the time the draft rolls around, I expect Jackson/Mayfield/Rosen to be the first three picks. They are all near-elite-caliber prospects (though none on the Andrew Luck scale as each has some flaws).

    So, I do not suspect we will be able to land Jackson at No. 6-10 where the Texans pick lands.

  • mgbode

    The other side… Jameis Winston was good his first season. Cam Newton’s early years were better than what he is doing now too. QBs can go etiher direction.

    (I think some of the flaws Kizer is showing are going to be tough to fix though – need to draft a QB & if Kizer jumps up then so be it)

  • mgbode

    Making every single prognosticator who guessed on Browns wrong >>> adding a montage to be shown for Cleveland games by MSM

  • Pat Leonard

    If the Browns can keep their veteran offensive line together (and healthy), and Josh Gordon stays out of trouble, and the Browns aren’t infused with too many starting rookie players from the 2018 draft, then I agree, we can see some Cam/Jameis results.

  • RGB

    They need to figure out a way to score MINKA with that second first-round pick.
    Other than possibly a QB, I think he could be the most transformative pick we could make.

  • tigersbrowns2

    hi PAT … so , are you saying Kizer will lead us to many victories next year or that another rookie will be starting for the Browns next year ??

  • Chris

    Process Ail

  • Pat Leonard

    The latter. I don’t think Hue is particularly interested in seeing Year 2 of Kizer, and if we have a new head coach, I’m assuming they’ll want to mold their own guy. If it were up to me, my favorite option would be to go get a competent veteran QB, give him the helm next year, then have the rookie or Kizer, whoever has shown better, come in to play when that veteran QB is inevitably injured.

  • tigersbrowns2

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f29df6aa717de8331a63b9c3a1dffd7e45b1a57e6faffe820fb9d16c1c39cb3d.jpg

    hi HARV … i see a team that is currently incomplete , still a work in-progress , but will be seriously challenging for a division title in 2019.

  • tigersbrowns2

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2f5cea16ed89510ad160c06688eaf4b64b4a6170d46486196bdc4ce67206dcb3.jpg … we are currently in the “boiling” stage … don’t you want to complete the process so you can enjoy a really good ale ??

  • Chris

    Losing to the Bears would help.

  • tigersbrowns2

    in all seriousness , i would be okay with signing a veteran FA AND drafting another one with one of our 1st round picks … does this sound like too much investing in the QB position ? … after what we’ve been through with QB’s , i say do it & be done with it.

  • Saggy

    Cody Kessler had a higher QBR than Wentz last year. Kizer has talent to grow. Don’t count him out on being good next season, thus launching the Browns into Wild Card contention.

  • Saggy

    I really feel it’s still too early to evaluate Kizer. These last few games will be a better idea of what he can do, since he will have an actual NFL receiver on his team.

  • Saggy

    We joke about it all the time but I’d actually be ok if they drafted 2 first-round QBs this year.

  • MartyDaVille

    tb, you’re the waning light at the end of a very long tunnel, a dying flashlight at the bottom of a dry well, a flickering candle in a statewide power outage, the faint glimmer of a galaxy 30 million light-years away. Don’t ever change.

    You should attend the parade and spread the good word.

  • Chris

    We’re in more of a sewage treatment process. And right now, we’re actively gathering as much poo as possible. If we see it all the way through, we’ll end up with clean water.

    The problem with modeling your organization after the sewage treatment process is that clean water was readily available elsewhere the entire time… HBT just chose to process sh** instead.

  • tigersbrowns2

    yes , sir … glad to help … RB Lavon Coleman UWash & DE Aikeem Coleman Idaho … then we could trade for RB Tevin Coleman (Atlanta) & WR Ben Coleman (New Orleans).

    the Cleveland Colemans ??

  • Chris

    He’ll be like the evangelicals on Bourbon St during Mardi Gras.