Cleveland Browns: What does 7 – 4 Mean?


The Cleveland Browns are 7 – 4 following their last second win against the Atlanta Falcons. Some fans, especially on Twitter, are not happy with how the Browns won. Instead they are focused on the struggles of Brian Hoyer and that they barely beat a team that only has 4 wins.

Yet somehow the Browns are still 7 – 4. You know, three games above .500. It is a win total that not many expected or predicted, we had them at 6 – 5 at this point when we did our Season Preview before the season started.

So what does it mean that the Browns are 7 – 4?

  • The Browns are tied for the 4th best record in the AFC.
  • The Browns are tied for the 8th best record in the entire NFL.
  • The Browns are one win away from guaranteeing to not have a losing season.
  • Mike Pettine now has more wins than coaches Chris Palmer and Rob Chudzinski had as Browns coaches.
  • The Browns are only 1/2 game out from the AFC North lead.
  • The Browns have their fans talking about Playoff positioning and not Draft pick positioning going into Week 13.
  • Ray Farmer put together a receiving corps that survived without Josh Gordon.
  • Farmer and Pettine were patient with Gordon and benefited from his return. The Browns would be 6 – 5 if he wasn’t on the field today.
  • The Browns could lose 3 straight games and still be at .500.
  • The Browns will not lose double figure games this season.
  • The Browns have more wins now, in Week 12, than all but one season since 2003. 10 out of 11 seasons.

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Those are some impressive and interesting pieces of information. That is what 7 – 4 means to the Cleveland Browns. It means the next five games most likely matter for the Browns. With the tough AFC North, and AFC in general, it may be difficult for the Browns to make the playoffs. Even if they don’t this season proves that Pettine, Farmer and the rest of the young Browns are on the right track.

This 7 – 4 team could finish 12 – 4 or 7 – 9. Likely it is somewhere in between. That will be a successful season. That is the type of optimistic narrative the Cleveland Browns are starting to form. Next season they will add Alex Mack, the best center in the league, Armonty Bryant and Phil Taylor to their defensive line and 10 draft picks, including 2 firsts, to this talented young roster.

7 – 4. Who would have thought it?

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