The second coming of the Cleveland Browns is nothing at all like the original version. Once one of the NFL’s most dominant franchises, the Browns weren’t as dominant once they were relocated from the NFL to the AFC Central Division in 1970, but at least those Browns were competitive, playing in three AFC Championship Games between 1986-89. Those Browns became the Baltimore Ravens in 1996 and it wasn’t until 1999 that the Browns were reborn as an expansion team.
In 17 seasons, the Browns have enjoyed just two winning campaigns and made one playoff appearance, losing a 2002 AFC wildcard game to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Meanwhile there have been 13 seasons of double digits losses, including a 3-13 slate in 2015.
Hue Jackson is the ninth head coach since the Cleveland Browns were reinvented in 1999 and the early reports are that Jackson, formerly the offensive co-ordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, has infused the Browns with positive energy and an upbeat attitude.
That’s easy to do in the off-season when there are no games to be played, no disappointment to swallow and overcome. A losing culture is as infectious as a winning one and the habits of failure can be hard to break.
The question marks abound. Is Robert Griffin III the new Browns quarterback, or will it be Josh McCown or perhaps even 2106 third round draft pick Cole Kessler? Is former QB Terrelle Pryor ready to make his mark as a wide receiver?
The Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions are the only two teams who were part of the NFL during the 1970 AFL-NFL merger who have never appeared in a Super Bowl game.
Granted, the original Browns moved to Baltimore and have won a pair of Super Bowls as the Ravens, but good luck trying to sell anyone in Cleveland that those wins count. In fact, if you dare mention the Ravens to a Browns fan, your best bet is to immediately duck and run.
It’s astonishing to think how dominant the Browns once were. In the four-year history of the AAFC, they won the title every year. Joining the NFL in 1950, Cleveland played in the NFL championship game in each of its first six seasons and seven of the first eight.
Curiously, Cleveland’s last NFL title came at the expense of Baltimore, a 27-0 shutout of the Colts in 1964, so perhaps Baltimore stealing the original Browns three decades later was just some sort of cruel revenge.
Revenge, after all, is a dish best served cold.
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Cleveland Browns Regular Season Schedule
This is where you will find all the details of the Cleveland Browns regular season schedule. The Browns open the 2016 campaign at Philadelphia to face the Eagles.
So, if you want a safe bet pick the Eagles.
A 31-10 loss to the New York Jets to open the 2015 season allowed the Browns to set an NFL record of 11 successive defeats in their season opener. It was the 16th time in the 17 seasons since the Browns were reinvented that the team has come out of the gate 0-1. Of those losses, 13 have come at home.
This Cleveland team is so bad, it could flirt with an 0-16 season. Look down the list of Browns games this season and it’s hard to find one that looks like certain victory.
Their best bets for a win would appear to be at Miami in Week 3, at Tennessee in Week 6 (the Titans have lost two straight to Cleveland) or home games vs. the New York Giants (Week 12) or San Diego Chargers (Week 16).
What Are The Cleveland Browns Standings
The Cleveland Browns standings the AFC North are located right here and a good bet as to where the Browns will be located is the number that comes between three and five.
|1||New England Patriots||7||6||1||176||107||0.857|
|6||Green Bay Packers||6||4||2||140||123||0.667|
|7||Kansas City Chiefs||6||4||2||136||123||0.667|
|14||New York Giants||7||4||3||133||141||0.571|
|17||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||3||3||128||159||0.500|
|22||Los Angeles Rams||7||3||4||120||154||0.429|
|24||San Diego Chargers||7||3||4||206||185||0.429|
|27||New Orleans Saints||6||2||4||176||195||0.333|
|28||New York Jets||7||2||5||119||180||0.286|
|31||San Francisco 49ers||7||1||6||144||219||0.143|
How To Win Cleveland Browns Bets
The Browns have finished fourth in the AFC North for five straight seasons, six of the last seven and 10 of the past 12 years. Now that’s consistency but not the kind of consistency someone looks for in a team’s performance.
On the other hand, the Browns were an AFC North-best 8-8 in the over/under in 2015, so you can’t say Cleveland didn’t win anything.
The Cleveland Browns have played just three playoff games since 1990 and none since 2002. George W. Bush was in his first term in the White House the last time the Browns earned a postseason berth and Bill Clinton was in his first term in the White House the last time the Browns won a playoff game.
The Browns have never won the AFC North title and last won a division title of any kind when they were champions of the AFC Central in 1989.
The last Browns coach to win a playoff game? Bill Belichick. The team he beat? The New England Patriots. Belichick was fired one week before the original Browns announced their move to Baltimore, so maybe becoming the Ravens wasn’t the worst thing that happened to the franchise in 1996.
When you crunch the numbers, it’s difficult to locate any cause for optimism that the Cleveland Browns are a team with a chance to turn around their misfortune. Offensively, the Browns were 25th in the NFL in total yards (331.9), 21st in passing yards (236.4), 22nd in rushing yards (95.6) and 30th in points scored per game (17.4).
Defensively, it wasn’t any prettier. The Browns were 27th in total yards (379.2), 22nd in passing yards (250.8) and 30th in rushing yards (128.4) and 29th in points allowed per game (29).
But hey, Leicester City won the English Premiership at odds of 5,000-1, so anything’s possible, right?