The Browns, following their 20-3 loss to the Bears on Sunday, are now one loss away from becoming the second team in NFL history to finish the season with a record of 0-16. It's the kind of history no one wants and it is, frankly, something no one could have envisioned a season after the Browns went 1-15. "I'm pissed," head coach Hue Jackson said. "Let's just be honest and put it out there, I'm disappointed, I'm pissed off, because I never saw this being this way in two years here, ever." Sunday might have been the Browns' most realistic chance to get that one win, playing a team that had four wins coming into the game and was starting a rookie quarterback in Mitch Trubisky coming off a three-interception performance. "You think that we have a chance coming in and, even at halftime, we had a good drive and then we had another drive to get a field goal and we're down by a field goal," left guard Joel Bitonio said, "and then we get that touchdown taken away from Myles (Garrett) and kind of fell apart after that." The prevailing thought coming into this season is that the Browns would be better. Not contending for the playoffs better, but at least good enough to win three, maybe even four games. Perhaps they could have with more consistent quarterback play. Maybe a lot of this blame rests on Jackson and his staff. Regardless, the only thing that stands between them and and matching the 2008 Detroit Lions is pulling an unlikely upset against their division rival in Pittsburgh. The Steelers play on Christmas Day and can clinch a first-round bye with a win over Houston, but there is still a scenario, as unlikely as it might be, in which they could clinch homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. They would need to beat the Texans and Browns and have the Patriots lose to the Jets in Week 17.
Browns head to Pittsburgh in Week 17 with the wrong kind of history looming
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Dec 26