Last week was an Almost Perfect Week for the Browns. This week, for different reasons, has so far been a perfect week for the Browns, while they sit home and rest on their bye week.
First a few assumptions: 1) Broncos and Chiefs will make the playoffs (1 wins the division the other the Wild Card), 2) Patriots win their division and 3) The Colts win their division. These all seem rather reasonable in the AFC this year, which leaves 1 Wild Card spot and the AFC North division winner to fill out the field.
Week 10 “Wins” For The Browns
AFC North Division Race
- AFC North leading Cincinnati Bengals lost to the Baltimore Ravens.
- The Bengals now hold only a 1.5 game lead on the Browns, who they face this week.
- The Browns are the only team with a winning record in the division!
Wild Card Race
- The Tennessee Titans lost to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars.
- The loss drops the Titans to 4-5, tied with the Browns
- The Denver Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers.
- The loss also drops the Chargers into a tie with the Browns at 4-5.
- The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Buffalo Bills.
- This keeps the Bills from matching the Browns with 4 wins.
- The Arizona Cardinals defeated the Houston Texans.
- Any NFC win over a AFC team is a good one for the Browns, keeps the Texans 2 games behind the Browns.
- The Colts were defeated, handily, by the St. Louis Rams.
- While the Colts will most likely make the playoffs, losses keep the Browns hopes alive for a better draft pick in both the 1st and 4th rounds.
- The Colts struggled the previous week as well, against the lowly Texans. The loss of Reggie Wayne could be a huge factor going forward.
- Browns fans should be rooting for the Tampa Bay Bucs to get their first win, joining the Jaguars who got theirs this week. The Dolphins sit at 4-4 so a loss would put them into a tie with the Browns at 4-5.
What Does it Mean?
As we sit, assuming a Dolphins loss (big assumption but makes the information cleaner), the Broncos, Chiefs, Patriots, and Colts would be in the playoffs. The Bengals would also be in as the AFC North Division Winner. The New York Jets, on a bye this week as well, hold a 1 game lead for the 2nd Wild Card spot over the Browns, Dolphins (assuming), Titans, Ravens, and Chargers. Parity is reigning in the AFC this year so far.