Oct 13, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) throws a pass against the Cleveland Browns during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Browns Bye Week: A Look Back at the Schedule


Oct 3, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns strong safety T.J. Ward (43) celebrates with fans and teammates after returning an interception for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns won 37-24. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 3, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns strong safety T.J. Ward (43) celebrates with fans and teammates after returning an interception for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns won 37-24. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

As the Browns enjoy their bye week it is a good time to look back at the schedule and what we can learn about the team from it. The Browns sit 2 games behind the Cincinnati Bengals in the division and 1 game back of the Wild Card spot. Below is a chart graphing information about the Browns opponents. All yardage data comes from ESPN.com:

Wins Losses O Pass Yards O Rush Yards D Pass Yards D Rush Yards
Miami Dolphins 4 3 21 22 22 21
Balitmore Ravens 3 5 15 29 14 8
Minnessota Vikings 1 7 23 16 29 11
Cinciinatti Bengals 6 3 7 19 11 10
Buffalo Bills 3 6 28 7 18 17
Detroit Lions 5 3 2 21 26 14
Green Bay Packers 5 3 6 2 20 5
Kansas City Chiefs 9 0 29 14 3 24
Total 36 30  N/A N/A N/A N/A
Average 4.5 3.75 16.375 16.25 17.875 13.75

Overall

Overall the Browns have played a schedule with an average of a winning record. The averages of the teams places them squarely in the middle of all the rankings of yardage. The one outlier is related to rushing yards allowed. With the Browns limited running game they could of drastically impacted their opponents ranking is this area or its possible the Browns have faced above average run defenses this year.

In Wins

The Browns have defeated the Vikings, Bills, Bengals and Ravens. Those teams average a losing record, pulled down by the Vikings, with only 1 win prior to Thursday Nights game. The Browns have only defeated 1 team with a winning record, the Bengals. Their opponents average rankings in yardage are higher against the teams they defeated, except for rushing yards given up. Amazingly in the teams the Browns beat are, as an average, ranked 11.5 with the Ravens, Vikings and Bengals all in the top 11 against the run.

Wins Losses O Pass Yards O Rush Yards D Pass Yards D Rush Yards
Wins 3.25 5.25 18.25 17.75 18 11.5

In Losses

The Browns have lost to the Dolphins, Ravens, Lions, Packers and Chiefs. Those teams average a winning record, and all of them have a winning record at this point except the Ravens. The Chiefs undefeated record also pulls the numbers higher. Compared to the teams they won against the Browns opponents in losses gain almost 4 spots in passing yards. Having the Ravens in both categories keeps some of the numbers closer in this part of the comparison.

Wins Losses O Pass Yards O Rush Yards D Pass Yards D Rush Yards
Losses 5.2 2.8 14.6 17.6 17 14.4

What Do We Know?

Looking at the games the Browns have already played gives us some insight into the team. If we took the Ravens game out the Browns have lost to teams with an average record of 6-2, when rounded. The Browns played close games in all but the game against the Packers. Even the game against the Lions, a 31-17 loss, was close until a late Lion TD. Though these somewhat close games and a respectable 4-5 record the Browns sit with a -25 point differential. A play or two in one of the close games, reasonable to expect, could of led the Browns to a winning record going into the bye week. Also, as many have pointed out, the teams 0-4 record in games started by Brandon Weeden could of also swung the record by a game or 2.

We will look forward to the Browns finishing schedule and look at similar information that we have at this time and what we could expect.

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  • freeme10

    Change “The Browns have defeated the Vikings, Ravens, Bengals and Ravens” to “The Browns have defeated the Vikings, Bengals, Bills, and Ravens” However, I like the thought of beating the Ravens twice in a season.

    • Jared Mueller

      Thank you and I agree. Think we should of beat them twice. Just think what if 1 of our close losses was a win…