A handful of milestones in play for Browns in the season finale

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The Cleveland Browns will close out another disappointing season on Sunday, but there are still some individual milestones that can be reached.

The Cleveland Browns do not have much to play for as a team on Sunday when they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers in the season finale.

The Browns locked up the No. 1 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft with last Sunday’s loss to the Chicago Bears, so the lone team goal is to pull out a win and avoid joining the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only 0-16 teams in NFL history. Of course, the Browns have not defeated the Steelers in Pittsburgh since 2003, so everyone might want to start working on their parking plans for the Perfect Season Parade.

There are still some individual goals that remain in play, however, starting with running back Duke Johnson.

Every catch that Johnson makes on Sunday will extend his team record for receptions by a running back in a single season. With one catch Johnson will become just the ninth player in franchise history to record 70 catches in a single season. With six receptions he will break into the team’s Top 25 list for career receptions.

Fellow running back Isaiah Crowell will likely miss out on rushing for 1,000 yards — he is 168 yards away — but with a 100-yard day Crowell will pass Ernie Green and move into seventh place on the team’s all-time rushing list.

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Thanks to the incompetence of head coach Hue Jackson, quarterback DeShone Kizer will not become the first Browns quarterback to start a full season since Tim Couch in 2001. But Kizer is only two interceptions away from tying Brian Sipe (1983), Paul McDonald (1984) and Bill Nelsen (1971) for the fourth-most interceptions in a single season.

Thanks to injuries, defensive end Myles Garrett won’t break Kamerion Wimbley’s team record for sacks by a rookie, but with one sack on Sunday Garrett will break a tie with defensive tackle Michael Dean Perry. If Garrett breaks loose and has three sacks, he will pass Jabaal Sheard for second place.

Wide receiver Josh Gordon needs 10 receptions and 84 yards to surpass his season total from 2014 – the last time he played five games after coming off a suspension. 2013 was a long, long time ago folks.

The Browns need to score eight points on Sunday to pass the 1999 expansion Browns for points scored in a season. As it stands, the 2000 team is the only one in the 16-game era that scored fewer points than this year’s squad.

The defense needs to hold the Steelers under 18 points to avoid becoming just the seventh Browns team to give up more than 400 points in a season. The Browns are giving up an average of 25.5 points per game and have only held two teams to less than 18 points all season.

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Finally, win or lose, Jackson will close out the worst two-year stretch by a head coach in NFL history. A win would put Jackson’s record with the Browns at 2-30, a winning percentage of .063; a loss would leave Jackson at 1-31, a winning percentage of .031.

Is it any wonder that owner Jimmy Haslam wants to bring Jackson back as coach in 2018?