FanSided’s Matt Verderame predicted the entire 2020 season for all 32 NFL teams and has the Cleveland Browns falling short of a winning season once again
The Cleveland Browns were dealt a tough blow last season as their 6-10 finish meant they were the only team in the NFL to go through the 2010-2019 decade without a single winning season. And according to FanSided’s Matt Verderame, they’ll still be looking for that elusive winning season in 2021.
Going week-by-week, Verderame picked the score for every game and then even guessed how the playoffs would wind up. As for the Browns, they weren’t in that postseason picture after going a mediocre 8-8 and finishing third place in their division.
Verderame’s final standings in the AFC North does have two teams in the playoffs with the Baltimore Ravens at 12-4 winning the division and the Pittsburgh Steelers making it in as a wild card entrant.
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"“Baltimore Ravens (12-4)Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6)*Cleveland Browns (8-8)Cincinnati Bengals (4-12)” — Verderame’s standing projections via FanSided.com"
Neither of them ends up winning the title in his scenario, however. Instead, he has the Kansas City Chiefs repeating as champions by knocking off the New Orleans Saints— after dispatching the RatBirds in the AFC Championship game.
As for the Browns, this would be about as awful a scenario as possible. After adding offensive tackles Jack Conklin and Jedrick Wills, Cleveland shored up their biggest flaw which was the offensive line. They also added Austin Hooper, Karl Joseph, and Grant Delpit to improve other areas as well.
This is without even mentioning the biggest change, which was moving on from Freddie Kitchens and bringing in Kevin Stefanski, the long-time Minnesota Vikings assistant that nearly won the Jon a year ago.
Of course, our own Greg Newland had a different take on Cleveland’s season. He too predicted the outcome for the Browns and his prediction is a 10-6 finish, which would finally end their long-standing search for a winning season as well as a playoff berth.