Cleveland Browns: Best “one hit wonder” performances since 1999
3. Josh McCown, October 11, 2015
By some statistical measures, Josh McCown is one of the best Browns quarterbacks since 1999. On rare occasions, McCown turned back the clock in Cleveland, going backs to a greatness that he really never had. One of these performances was on October 11, 2015, against the Baltimore Ravens.
In a 33-30 overtime win, McCown helped the Browns to get over the Ravens hump that they have struggled with since coming back to the NFL. Since 1999, the Browns have a .237 winning percentage against the Ravens.
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For those keeping track, that is the worst head-to-head record for any one team against any other. Out of all head to head records, Browns-Ravens is the most lopsided. But, Josh McCown did everything he could to change that record for the better.
There must be something about mid-October that causes NFL veterans in Cleveland to have a miniature career renaissance. McCown would join fellow veteran David Bowens in 2015 to add to the list to back up this inherently asinine stat.
Against Baltimore, McCown would pass for 457 yards, setting the franchise record and earning the title of AFC Player of the Week. Going 36-51 passing, McCown became the only quarterback in Browns history to pass for over 300 yards in the consecutive games.
The Browns posted only a three-win season in 2015, beating the Ravens, along with the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers. Josh McCown remains a huge bright spot on what would become the Browns’ initial descent into their darkest days.