Browns looking to go 2-0 for the first time since 1993

Browns, Cade York. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Browns, Cade York. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports /

The Cleveland Browns finally exercised their Week 1 demon and now will look to move to 2-0 for the first time since the 1993 season. 

Last week the Cleveland Browns were able to celebrate a Week 1 victory for the first time since 2004, snapping the NFL’s longest active winless streak during opening week. This week, the team can do something it hasn’t done since 1993.

If the Browns can emerge victorious against the New York Jets, they will start the season 2-0 for the first time in 29 years. In that 1993 season, Cleveland knocked off the Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers to kick things off.

In the game against the 49ers, Cleveland got a Jacoby Brissett-like game from Browns legend Bernie Kosar. He finished going 17-of-32 for 186 yards and a touchdown. Eric Metcalf led the rushing attack with 71 yards on 12 carries. There was a score from a non-offensive player when nose tackle Michael Jackson rushed for a one-yard score. Tee-hee!

The team was coached by a guy you may have heard a time or two before, current Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. The defensive coordinator that year was Nick Saban. Wonder if either of those two had any sort of success after they departed from Cleveland.

The season started off strong as the Browns won their first three contests, and five out of their first seven, but then the wheels started to fall out, as they finished 7-9. Hopefully, this year’s team can succeed despite the seemingly insurmountable odds stacked against them, on their own accord, if they can hit two wins.

Just for reference, the last time Cleveland started 2-0, the price of gas was $1.05 per gallon. Garth Brooks had the No. 1 album in America with “In Pieces.” Fugitive, starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones was the top movie at the box office.

Turning the attention back to Sunday, the Browns will need to overcome a familiar foe in former Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. The Super Bowl champion is 17-3 career against Cleveland, regardless of the fact that quarterback wins are not a real stat.

Flacco is 8-2 in FirstEnergy Stadium and has thrown 11 touchdown passes and six interceptions. The defense of the Browns is one of the strong suits of the roster and should be able to hold Flacco in check.

The coolest part about this game is not who wins or who loses, but the fact that the fans have spoken, and the Browns have a new midfield logo. Brownie the Elf was picked by fans to be the new logo and that is a big-time change for Cleveland.