The Cleveland Browns are on the verge of becoming the second team in NFL history to go 0-16.
In 2008, the Detroit Lions, who ironically are enjoying one of their better seasons in franchise history this year, became the first team to go completely defeated in an NFL regular season.
Currently, the Browns are at the 0-13 mark, and three games away from marking their territory on grounds that nobody dreams of being on or going near. They’re three games away from a matrix zone that has only been entered by one other team and there’s no way out of it. To look at it on the positive end (if that is in any way possible), they are also three games away from guaranteeing themselves of the first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft that looks to be loaded with some game-breaking talent.
So, this leaves us with one question… Will they actually finish 0-16?
The way that their schedule is set up… yes.
Their next three games come against the Buffalo Bills, San Diego Chargers and Pittsburgh Steelers, all talented teams who are in the midst of the AFC playoff race and have everything to play for. Most importantly, because they have everything to play for, there will be no resting of starters for any of them. They will in no way overlook the Browns and leave any stone unturned because one, they have to win to stay alive in the race and two, you certainly do not want to be the team that they get their first win over.
Believe it or not, the Browns best shot to win, out of all three games, is against the Steelers in the last game of the season in Pittsburgh.
Now, playing in Pittsburgh, in late December, with terrible towels waving in every direction and the division title in sight, can be a daunting task for many. However, if the Browns do lose their next two games and come to the Steel City one loss away from being the definition of mortality, something epic may just happen.
It would be the perfect storyline: arch rivals facing off on an extremely cold and muddy day, with everything on the line for both teams in two totally different ways and one game that will end in total celebration for one team and bitter disappointment for the other no matter how you look at it.
These are the types of games where the heavily favored team and their execution somehow slips through the cracks of focus because you are thinking more about the repercussions of losing to this kind of team rather than your normal mindset of just going out there to win. This is the type of game where everything that went wrong for Cleveland this season, comes together for three hours where Robert Griffin III returns to his rookie year form, Terrell Pryor puts a dent in a suspect Steelers secondary and the Brows defense magically stops the deadly combination of Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown from reaching the end zone.
The likelihood of this happening is slim to none and more towards the “none” side of it, but we also thought that the likelihood of Donald Trump running our country was slim to none just a couple of years ago and here we are.
No matter what happens, just know that it will all come down New Year’s Day… Browns versus the Steelers for all the marbles and for all the pride in the world.
Anything can happen.
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