There are some seriously depressing vibes surrounding the Cleveland Browns but their season isn’t over just yet. But they do need to be perfect down the stretch.
Yes, the Cleveland Browns have hope in 2021, even if it doesn’t feel like it.
Entering the 2021 campaign, there was real excitement about this season. Cleveland had just won 11 games in the regular season and even added a road playoff win. They then returned all their offensive starters while revamping the defense with players such as Jadeveon Clowney, John Johnson III, and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah coming over in the offseason.
All of this led to them being a Super Bowl hopeful in the preseason. Fast-forward to Week 14 and the Browns are 6-6 and all hope feels lost. But it shouldn’t be.
Even with the ebbs and flows from this campaign, Cleveland still has a shot at not only making the playoffs, but they also still have a chance to win the AFC North.
That window was left open for them when the Pittsburgh Steelers knocked off the Baltimore Ravens during the Browns bye week. And while a re-match with Baltimore may feel daunting, the last contest — which was their last game before the bye — was a one-score game.
Cleveland also has games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals. While they did lose to Pittsburgh, it was also a one-score game — and they beat the Bengals easily in their first meeting of the season.
So while all hope feels lost, the Browns have three games against AFC North opponents remaining and they know they can hang with these guys.
It won’t be easy but if they can score a victory in Week 14, the Browns will be one game out of first place with four left to play. The season hasn’t gone as planned but they can still make something happen down the stretch.