The Cleveland Browns notched their first victory in their final home game, defeating the San Diego Chargers. How did each major position group perform?
At the beginning of Week 16’s game, it had been 377 days since the Cleveland Browns last won a game. This Christmas Eve, the streak of 17 consecutive regular season losses came to an end in epic fashion against the San Diego Chargers.
It may have been a Christmas miracle, but the Browns didn’t win on accident. For the first time of the season, they played a full game with high intensity and limited mistakes.
Of course, there were some lapses, many of which exposed the lack of talent on this roster. But in the end, the effort the Browns put forth outweighed the clear weaknesses they still have.
Without a doubt, the Browns and their fans deserve to celebrate. This win is long overdue, and is one which shouldn’t be belittled or downplayed.
But within a couple of days, the team will shift its focus to the final game of the season. If they are ever to duplicate Saturday’s performance, understanding what went right for them is key. Analyzing which positions performed adequately and which still need to be improved will also aid their quest to improve the roster for 2017.
The following is a complete breakdown of the major position groups, as each is given a letter grade on a scale from A-F. Only their performance in this game is taken into account.