Cleveland Browns: Rooting for a win or loss on Monday night?


Oct 11, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) passes to tight end Rob Housler (84) against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The 2-8 Cleveland Browns take on the 3-7 Baltimore Ravens on Monday in a matchup for better position in the 2016 NFL Draft.

It is unfortunate that every season seems to come down to this point before December even rolls around. The Browns have six games left this season, yet some fans may be worried that a win or two will hurt the team’s chances of securing top talent in the draft.

A Monday Night Football game should be an exciting experience, and one fans look forward to in order to see their favorite team be displayed on a national stage.

Or at least that is the point for fans of competent football teams.

So on the last day of November, the Browns will play in a game that fans will have mixed feelings on depending on the result.

There is the group that is rooting for a win. I count myself in this group. I just don’t see the point of being a fan of a team if you do not want them to win every game they play. This is not to say I expect the Browns to win every game or even more than half, but I still hope they do.

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Going in to a game hoping the Browns lose just seems to be an unnecessary stressor for a team that causes enough stress already.

Then there is the group who wants nothing more than for the Browns to lose on Monday, and for the next five weeks, thus locking up the top pick in the draft. But can one player really fix the mess in Cleveland?

A number one draft pick will certainly not hurt the Browns, but fans must realize that the problem is much bigger than something that could be fixed by one top talent.

And with the history of drafting by this front office, even having the top overall selection may not result in a top talent in Cleveland.

So back to Monday’s game. Hoping for a loss just doesn’t seem healthy for fans of a team that already deal with so much losing already. And a loss this week does not mean the team will lose all or any of the final five. Well, they probably will but who knows, Eric Mangini’s team surprised us all in 2009.

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If you want to root for a loss, perhaps wait until the final game of the season. Doing so now just seems like it will result in such cynicism that it will seem like a winning season will never happen.

And if you complain all game and root for a loss it is tough for other people to be around you, and no one wants to be that guy.