MMQB’s Peter King Predicts Cleveland Browns Will Win 2 Games, Avoid 0-16 Season

Nov 10, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) runs with the football tackled by Cleveland Browns defender Ed Reynolds (39) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 10, 2016; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Mike Wallace (17) runs with the football tackled by Cleveland Browns defender Ed Reynolds (39) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Cleveland Browns appear poised to complete “the perfect season” by going 0-16. The MMQB founder Peter King disagrees, predicting Cleveland will win two contests.

Peter King believes the Cleveland Browns will win two games. That means the lowly franchise has to at least win one, right?

King briefly addressed this abomination of a season in his Monday Morning Quarterback column.

“The Browns will win two games between now and New Year’s Day. I just don’t know which two, though I would guess the Giants and Chargers, both at home,” he wrote.

Say whaaaaaaat?

It’s kind of surprising King wrote this after watching the Browns embarrass themselves, and their city on Thursday Night Football. Until the 21-point loss to the Ravens, the Clowns were mostly beat up by their own fans and media coverage.

But now that the national spotlight found the Browns, the biggest names in sports journalism are teeing off on Cleveland…with the exception of King.

OK, it’s not like he’s praising the franchise, but two wins? The hot take de jour since the TNF has centered around the Browns being “perfect.”

What about King’s picks to beat the Browns?

Cleveland plays New York Nov. 27, one week after what will assuredly be a loss to the Steelers. I’m not sure why King thinks the Browns have a chance against the Giants. New York is 5-3.  They’re fighting for a playoff spot in the NFC East. The franchise also has a two-time winning Super Bowl champion under center named Eli Manning.

Yes, the Giants can go cold at times. But the Browns are a great remedy for any team’s illness. Look for Eli and the gang to sleepwalk through tree quarters before finally putting Cleveland away in the fourth.

San Diego is 4-6, putting them in the AFC’s West’s basement. They’re a west coast team coming to a cold climate. If the Browns are going to surprise the football world, Christmas Eve could be the day.

Don’t get your hopes up too high, though.

The Dawg Pound just saw Ezekiel Elliott slice through the Browns’ defense. Yep, they could’ve taken Zeke had they stayed at No. 2.

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Look for Joey Bosa to reward all the Ohio State fans in attendance by having an excellent game. Yep, the Browns could have had him, too.

Additionally, the Chargers still have Phillip Rivers, who had posted a 92. QB rating entering Week 11. Rivers has thrown for 20 touchdowns against 11 interceptions.

Our old friend, Travis Benjamin will also be back in town in what promises to be a well covered storyline. Benjamin broke out during the 2015 season with Cleveland catching 68 passes for 966 yards. He used this stat line to land a big contract with the Chargers. This was after the Browns basically kicked him to the curb.

Had Benjamin stayed in Cleveland, he would be a solid No. 3 receiver, while providing invaluable experience and much needed help to the punt return game. His numbers will probably fall short (39 catches, 514 yards) of what he did last year, but he’s still contributing.

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Plus, Browns fans know how it works. When the team gets picked to win, the franchise responds by going full-blown Browns. In a way only the Browns can, Cleveland will find a way to lose.