Hopes are high for the Cleveland Browns in 2018 which is hard to believe after going 0-16. Even with their struggles, we can find five wins on the schedule.
There haven’t been a lot of teams to finish with a record of 0-16. In fact, the Cleveland Browns are just the second team to suffer through such a mark. Other teams finished with no wins, but only the 2008 Detroit Lions and the Browns have done so since the NFL started playing 16 games.
Detroit came out the following year and managed just two wins in 2009 and six the next season. By 2011, they were a strong team as they won 10 games.
That means there’s hope for improvement and the Browns should feel like things will get better. In fact, things should get better for them even faster than it did for the Detroit Lions.
Cleveland has already put themselves in a much better situation than any team that finished winless has. They added three new offensive playmakers who should start Day 1 in quarterback Tyrod Taylor, running back Nick Chubb and receiver Jarvis Landry.
There’s also three first-round picks from 2017 looking to make the jump in year two as well as No. 4 overall pick at corner, Denzel Ward prepared to start on defense. The beauty of the Ward pick was that Cleveland got a top-five talent who will play right away despite using the No. 1 overall pick on Baker Mayfield, who may not see the field for awhile.
All those changes have fans a little excited, justifiably so. With this improved roster, we’re ready to go on a limb and pick five games that Cleveland can go ahead and notch as a ‘W’ in 2018, starting with a surprise win in Week 1.