NFL  > Cleveland Browns  > Gonna get blasted for this one... I think,,,,
November 10, 2010, 04:01 PM
Yesterday I was driving into work listening to Mike and Mike and they were talking about how Cincinatti could have saved it's season if they would have won and how Green Bay did save it's season since it did win.

So if Cincinatti would have been "in it" at 3-5 and Minnesota IS in it at 3-5... why the heck are the Browns not "in it"?

Granted... it's probably because it's the Browns. And I am not saying we're going to go 7 and 1 the rest of the way... but considering how those two other teams are playing... I'd rather take my chances with the Browns.

To be CLEAR - I am not predicting a playoff run for us this year. I am just saying that there seems to be a different message for teams that are really traveling in the opposite direction of our organization... That's just interesting to me.
November 10, 2010  04:20 PM ET

I was listening to that too BuckAye, when they were talking about getting into the playoffs teams need to get to that 10-win mark....maybe 9 for a wild card. The Browns upcoming schedule is: Jets, @ Jax, Car, @ Mia, @Buf, @ Cinci, Balt, Pitt. Tough road, but anything's possible. At 3-5, it's going to be tough to get 6 wins. We've won in Jax the last two visits; Buffalo is a must win; has Mia won at home yet?; Jets would be another huge win (not out of the question); and division games are usually pretty tight, especially if the Browns can keep the momentum. It's nice to be excited about something, for a change, though!!

November 10, 2010  04:39 PM ET

because Mike & Mike are idiots

November 10, 2010  06:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

because Mike & Mike are idiots

I got to agree with the Kid with a little Rodney Dangerfield thrown in. No respect!

I heard a quote from Rob Ryan this AM, he said over the last 12 games, we are 7 - 5. Obviously last year doesn't count, but it shows how he is looking at things.

OK, don't look at the fact we are talking about the Browns and where they are coming from, look at the fact that this season we have 152 points for and 156 points against. That is basically a 500 team. The last two teams we beat each have 6 wins. We play 3 more teams that currently have 6 wins. The remaining 5 teams are a combined 11-29 (.275 pct.). I think that 5 more wins is a very realistic expectation.

November 10, 2010  06:05 PM ET
QUOTE:

Yesterday I was driving into work listening to Mike and Mike and they were talking about how Cincinatti could have saved it's season if they would have won and how Green Bay did save it's season since it did win.So if Cincinatti would have been "in it" at 3-5 and Minnesota IS in it at 3-5... why the heck are the Browns not "in it"?Granted... it's probably because it's the Browns. And I am not saying we're going to go 7 and 1 the rest of the way... but considering how those two other teams are playing... I'd rather take my chances with the Browns.To be CLEAR - I am not predicting a playoff run for us this year. I am just saying that there seems to be a different message for teams that are really traveling in the opposite direction of our organization... That's just interesting to me.

Actually that's a good question. One must use the same yardstick to measure all teams. So, you're right...if the other teams are in it a 3-5, why aren't the Browns?

I think it's about the name. The Bengals and Vikings each won their divisions last year and thus people expect them to be able to do better this year. Yes, I know that's not the case but perception is reality.

Reality is that the Bengals are a team that's lost and if it weren't for T.O. wouldn't have an offense. Reality is that the Vikings are looking for cosistancy on offense and can't even sack groceries on defense.

Reality is that Cleveland looked dominant against the Saints and the Pats - but it doesn't matter because they were full of fail last year as well as the year before.

November 10, 2010  06:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I got to agree with the Kid with a little Rodney Dangerfield thrown in. No respect!

It's like Rodney Dangerfield and don't feel like the lone ranger it's not just the Browns and that doesn't get any recognition.

November 10, 2010  06:24 PM ET

On the other hand... this may be just more of an observation from me than a complaint per se'

There's something to be said for being the underdog too though... I never like it when my team is expected to win. A good example is Ohio State... I HATE IT when they get ranked #1 before the season starts... it's just asking for non stop trash talking and people saying over rated (and please...don't resist the urge to say "that's because they ARE over rated... I mean... we know there's some idiot out there who will make the obvious joke... will it be you?)

But it is a LOT of fun to be the team that nobody expects....

November 10, 2010  06:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

On the other hand... this may be just more of an observation from me than a complaint per se'There's something to be said for being the underdog too though... I never like it when my team is expected to win. A good example is Ohio State... I HATE IT when they get ranked #1 before the season starts... it's just asking for non stop trash talking and people saying over rated (and please...don't resist the urge to say "that's because they ARE over rated... I mean... we know there's some idiot out there who will make the obvious joke... will it be you?)But it is a LOT of fun to be the team that nobody expects....

I know what you mean there, BuckAye.

I absolutely detested the fact that everyone and their families, especially Jerry Jones, said the Cowboys were a 'shoo in' for this year's SB. Well, I don't think he actually said it, but you know he was WANTING it. Bunch of idiots. But, this year has been weird anyway. Nobody seems to be able to play like they have before, with the exception of some teams like the Steelers. They haven't hardly missed a beat.

November 10, 2010  06:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

On the other hand... this may be just more of an observation from me than a complaint per se'There's something to be said for being the underdog too though... I never like it when my team is expected to win. A good example is Ohio State... I HATE IT when they get ranked #1 before the season starts... it's just asking for non stop trash talking and people saying over rated (and please...don't resist the urge to say "that's because they ARE over rated... I mean... we know there's some idiot out there who will make the obvious joke... will it be you?)But it is a LOT of fun to be the team that nobody expects....

for sure. the best example I have is our D1 hockey team up here at UAF. We play Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Miami (OH) which are all considered the darlings of college hockey (there are others but these are teh big ones in our division. Despite the fact that we are one of the better teams in college hockey (generally ranked 12-20) and made the NCAA tournament last year and lost to the eventual national champion we still get little to no respect from the college hockey powers. We had fun lat weekend when we shut out Michigan with the "Over-rated" chant.
It's much better (and more fun) to be the underdog...

November 10, 2010  06:45 PM ET

and sorry for the hockey on a football thread, but it's the best example i had!

November 10, 2010  07:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

and sorry for the hockey on a football thread, but it's the best example i had!

Do you play football in Alaska? I mean... when would you find time between hockey and looking at Russia out your back door :)

I am totally kidding dude... It's a perfect example... much more fun!

November 10, 2010  07:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Do you play football in Alaska? I mean... when would you find time between hockey and looking at Russia out your back door :)I am totally kidding dude... It's a perfect example... much more fun!

I don't, but high school football is actually really popular up here. We get some pretty tough players, but that comes with playing against Polar Bears and the like...

November 10, 2010  08:52 PM ET

Anything can happen, however, I just feel there is a huge lack of playmakers on the offensive side. I know, Hillis is here. But Cribbs is still learning the WR spot and you can only go so far with two good tight ends. It was encouraging to see Massaquoi and Robiskie have a few catches. I am very pleased with how our defense has been playing. You never know what can happen! Go Browns!!!

November 10, 2010  08:54 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I don't, but high school football is actually really popular up here. We get some pretty tough players, but that comes with playing against Polar Bears and the like...

I would like to hunt Polar Bears. Are they a protected species in Alaska?

November 10, 2010  11:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I would like to hunt Polar Bears. Are they a protected species in Alaska?

i believe so, they're not in my area though so i can't say for sure...i just know they're population is dropping pretty dramatically up here so they're trying to protect the population...

November 11, 2010  02:45 AM ET

Well done Browns. Just desserts. Tough D backed by a running game. That will never go out of fashion. What the hell happened to Jerome Harrison by the way? I drafted him all over the shop this year ....

November 11, 2010  07:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

when would you find time between hockey and looking at Russia out your back door :)

XD

November 11, 2010  07:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

What the hell happened to Jerome Harrison by the way? I drafted him all over the shop this year ....

Brownies traded him to Philadelphia for Mike Bell.

November 11, 2010  09:14 AM ET

I don't think Mike and Mike are idiots, they are entertainers first, have to fill 3-4 hrs a day EVERYDAY and will say about anything to fill the voids. They also have to take opposing views in some cases to make better entertainment.

As for your Browns yes they have a tough schedule ahead but are going in the right direction. I like seeing new teams in the mix. It's good for the league when perennial "doormats" like the Raiders and the Browns (no offense) come back to life. In addition, when these teams get out of the way it permits the Cowboys to anchor the basement of the CNNSI PowerRankings which is good for Jerry's blood-pressure.

November 11, 2010  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Browns (no offense)

I only get offended if it's not true :) I think we have graduated from doormat to kickplate.... but it's progress!

 
November 12, 2010  09:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

I only get offended if it's not true :) I think we have graduated from doormat to kickplate.... but it's progress!

Who knows...with a win this weekend we might make it inside the house as a doorstop!

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