The Cleveland Browns kept their playoff hopes alive, by gaining ground in the AFC North, climbing to second from last through the course of Week 14.
The Brown’s offense remains a mess, especially in the fourth quarter, but at the very least, this team still has a shot. After watching losers for the better part of two decades, that’s a shot every resident of the Dawg Pound will be happy to take.
In victory, the Browns moved to 7-6. They’ve probably got to go 10-7 in the division, with necessary future wins coming against Pittsburgh, and then Cincinnati in the regular-season finale.
Incredibly, if the Browns beat the Raiders in Week 15, and the Bengals lose to the Packers, Cleveland will be in first place, since they currently own the head-to-head tiebreaker against Cincinnati.
Meaningful, December football. There’s two generations of Browns fans that are still getting used to this, so pardon our confused enthusiasm.
Here’s six Browns whose stocks are up after staving off the Ravens in a nail-biter, that probably shouldn’t have been that close.