Cleveland Browns NFL Season Recap

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The sting of the Browns 22-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Division Round of the playoffs is going to take some time to ware off; for a number of reasons. Even with Patrick Mahomes knocked out of the game in the third quarter and Cleveland owning possession of the pigskin with a chance to win the game late, it simply just never came to pass. Though Kevin Stefanski elected to punt the ball away with only one timeout in the bag with just over four minutes remaining in the game, Cleveland’s defense still had a shot of getting the ball back for Baker Mayfield and company with plenty of time to drive the length of the field and tally the game winning score. All it had to do was stop the Chad Henne led Chiefs on third-and-14. Unfortunately, Henne would rip off a 13-yard gain and then Andy Reid would exhibit some brass ball play-calling immediately after by passing the ball to Tyreke Hill to hammer the final nail into the Browns’ coffin. If only Rashard Higgins didn’t fumble that ball through the end zone! Again, this loss will sting but the future looks very bright for a Browns franchise that took enormous steps forward under the new regime both at the top and on the playing field. Cleveland will be in the mix as a bona fide Super Bowl contender for years to come provided the nucleus remains intact.

Cleveland Browns Season Recap

The Kevin Stefanski era didn’t kick off the way many had hoped. In fact, the Browns looked like the same old Browns in dropping a one-sided 38-6 decision to the division rival Ravens to allow Baltimore to rattle off a second straight win and cover as well as the eighth win in the team’s last 10 treks to M&T Bank Stadium. But then the unthinkable started to happen. Cleveland would start to win some games. It started with a thrilling 35-30 win and non-cover against Joe Burrow and the Bengals the following week. Then it scored the first pointspread cover of the 2020 NFL betting season by disposing of The Washington Football Team 34-20 as 7.5-point home favorites. That cover against the NFL odds turned into three straight after going into Big D and dropping 49 on the Cowboys, and following it up with the most impressive win of the young season versus the Indianapolis Colts.

Then the injury bug and COVID-19 wreaked enough havoc upon the roster that the team would go on to struggle for NFL bettors in four straight. Nick Chubb was lost for a month due to a knee injury. Odell Beckham Jr. was lost for the season after shredding his knee. Nearly the entire secondary wasn’t able to suit up for a number of games. Miles Garrett succumbed to the coronavirus. The end result was a 2-2 SU record that saw the team fail to cover each game against the Steelers, Bengals, Raiders and Texans in Weeks 6-10. On top of all that, Mother Nature played a huge role in the team failing to cover both games against the Raiders and Texans due to the wet stuff and winds that looked like the team was playing in the eye of a hurricane. Then Chubb returned to the mix in Week 12 in another weather game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

After going into Tennessee and skunking the Titans in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the 41-35 final score indicates, Cleveland set itself up nicely to finally snap its prolonged playoff drought checking in at 9-3 with four games remaining. Two of them came against the bottom feeding Giants and Jets, while the other two came at home in revenge bouts with the Ravens and Steelers. The Browns looked like they’d go on to avenge that defeat to the Ravens late, but then Lamar Jackson came out from the locker room and led Baltimore to the shocking last second win. The team would rebound the following week by scoring the 20-6 win and cover against the GMEN and only needed a win against the Jets to guarantee themselves a trip to the playoffs. Then COVID reared its ugly head once again and forced Mayfield to go at the worst pass defense in the league without his entire starting wide receiver corps. Talk about bad luck! New York would go on to win that game 23-16 and cost itself a shot at drafting Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 pick.

Cleveland would need to defeat the Steelers in Week 17 to snap its 18-year playoff drought. It would do just that by defeating Pittsburgh by a 24-22 final count and needed to stop a two-point conversion in the game’s closing moments to prevent Mike Tomlin’s squad from sending the game to overtime. With Pittsburgh sticking close with a number of its key starters sitting out the prior week, the Steelers would prove to be one of the bigger teaser leg liabilities of the Wild Card Round for online sportsbooks. Cleveland simply laughed at everyone that thought teasing the Steelers was nothing short of free money by setting the tone of the game on the very first play from scrimmage. The snap would sail over Ben Roethlisberger’s head, and Karl Joseph would pounce on it in the end zone to give the visitors a 7-0 lead less than 15 seconds into the game. Five minutes later, the lead was extended to 14-0 and the rest was history; Cleveland would end another drought by coming up with a playoff win for the first time since 1994 and punch its ticket into the next round.

While the opportunity was there for the taking, Cleveland just couldn’t come up with the big play on either side of the ball to keep its season alive. They would go on to fall by a 22-17 final count, but did manage to stick within the closing 7.5-point spread. A ton of Browns steam hit the market on game day and it proved to be right; Cleveland was a 10-point underdog through Saturday. “We have a hell of a team all around,” Garrett said. “We showed that we can go to the AFC championship. We were just one play away. We just have to make that play.” Even in defeat, the Browns should hold their heads high. The franchise performed way above expectations and things only look to be getting better down the road. Look for upper management to improve the defense via the draft and free agency. COVID shouldn’t be an issue next season. If the injury bug steers clear in 2021, the Browns will be dangerous!

Cleveland Browns Schedule & Results

Week 1 at Baltimore Ravens L 6-38 0-1
Week 2 vs Cincinnati Bengals W 35-30 1-1
Week 3 vs Washington Redskins W 34-20 2-1
Week 4 at Dallas Cowboys W 49-38 3-1
Week 5 vs Indianapolis Colts W 32-23 4-1
Week 6 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 7-38 4-2
Week 7 at Cincinnati Bengals W 37-34 5-2
Week 8 vs Las Vegas Raiders L 6-16 5-3
Week 10 vs Houston Texans W 10-7 6-3
Week 11 vs Philadelphia Eagles W 22-17 7-3
Week 12 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 27-25 8-3
Week 13 at Tennessee Titans W 41-35 9-3
Week 14 vs Baltimore Ravens L 42-47 9-4
Week 15 at New York Giants W 20-6 10-4
Week 16 at New York Jets L 16-23 10-5
Week 17 vs Pittsburgh Steelers W 24-22 11-5
Wild Card Round at Pittsburgh Steelers W 48-37 11-5
Divisional Round at Kansas City Chiefs L 17-22 11-5
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Browns Past Seasons (2000)

2020 11-5 Lost Divisional Round
2019 6-10 None
2018 7-8-1 None
2017 0-16 None
2016 1-15 None
2015 3-13 None
2014 7-9 None
2013 4-12 None
2012 5-11 None
2011 4-12 None
2010 5-11 None
2009 5-11 None
2008 4-12 None
2007 10-6 None
2006 4-12 None
2005 6-10 None
2004 4-12 None
2003 5-11 None
2002 9-7 Lost Wild Card
2001 7-9 None
2000 3-13 None

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