Cleveland Browns: 5 2021 New Year’s resolutions

Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) gets his team fired up before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Cleveland, Ohio. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]Browns 15 1
Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) gets his team fired up before an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, in Cleveland, Ohio. [Jeff Lange/Beacon Journal]Browns 15 1 /
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1. Make the playoffs

The Browns can knock this one out on the third day of the year. A victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who will be resting many of their best players, gets Cleveland into the playoffs for the first time since 2002. And while many will whine about the Browns beating Pittsburgh’s backups to qualify, the fake playoff team narrative ended after they demolished the Tennessee Titans and nearly defeated the Baltimore Ravens.

The ugly loss to the New York Jets stings, and is rather embarrassing, but no one is calling the Los Angeles Rams a fake playoff team, and they lost at full strength.

Cleveland is a year ahead of schedule in its competition timeline, and getting to play in the postseason now would provide the team with invaluable experience moving forward as they attempt to transition from first-year playoff team to sustainable contender.

This season is a resounding success no matter what the end result ends up being, but a playoff game would do so much for the team and the fanbase. Overcoming so much in Kevin Stefanski’s rookie year to end up defeating the Steelers to make the playoffs?

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No matter what happens after that, the anticipation and excitement throughout the offseason would be incredible.