Browns have hope in 2022 due to this one statistic

Deion Jones, Browns. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)
Deion Jones, Browns. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images) /

The Cleveland Browns win on Monday Night Football not only gave them new life, but it kept them in the AFC North race with a 2-1 divisional record

If you’re in the Zombie Apocalypse, you don’t have to be the fastest person to survive. You just have to be faster than the person next to you. That’s similar to how things are in the NFL.

You don’t necessarily have to be the best team in the conference to make a run in the playoffs, you just have to be the best in your division. For the Cleveland Browns, they still have a shot at earning that distinction following a win on Monday Night Football over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Browns have a shot due to divisional record

Cleveland shocked the Bengals with a 32-13 win and improved to 2-1 in the AFC North. They had a shot at going 3-0 as they lost to the Ravens in Week 7 by just three points, but after facing each team in the north once, it’s clear they can hang with all of them.

They’re still just 3-5 overall but they also have three more games against the division and are one game out of second place and two out of first. It’s not inconceivable to think they can make up that ground on the Ravens, especially if they can keep firing on all cylinders as they did on Halloween.

On top of that, they only have three more games before Deshaun Watson returns from his suspension and those games don’t seem as daunting as they once did. The Miami Dolphins are 5-3 but that’s following a 3-0 start. They also have the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are 3-5 and spiraling out of control.

In between those games is a showdown against the red-hot Buffalo Bills but even if they go 2-1, they would be 5-6 with Watson returning for the final six games — three of which would be against AFC North rivals.

It’s not out of the question to think they can make a run at the North since no one has been wildly consistent in the division and they’ve proven they can beat them all.