When it comes to long-suffering professional sports fan bases, it’s hard to beat out the Cleveland Browns faithful nevertheless, 2016 seems to be the season in Cleveland sports.
The Cavs won a title.
The Indians are in the World Series.
And as far as NFL…Are The Browns looking for their first win. Whether they win or lose, great value can be found in NFL this weekend.
They host the New York Jets on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Jets have won one game. This is not exactly a matchup that sends anticipatory shivers up the spine. The Jets are 2-5, coming off a win over the banged-up Ravens. The Browns are 0-7.
The Browns, who have dropped their first seven games of the young NFL season, are the only winless club in the league. Cleveland’s annual quarterback carousel has been kicked into overdrive in 2016, as Robert Griffin III, Josh McCown, Cody Kessler, Charlie Whitehurst, Terrelle Pryor and now Kevin Hogan have all taken snaps under center.
Since the franchise returned in 1999, 26 different quarterbacks have now started for Cleveland.
Just how bad could this Browns season be? Online sportsbooks are offering odds on Cleveland going winless this year, as oddsmakers have tabbed the Browns with a +345 chance of finishing 0-16. Entering Week 4, those odds were available at +2000.
The embarrassing 2008 Detroit Lions are the only squad to go winless in the 16-game regular season era.
Unfortunately, the Browns’ failures are all too familiar for football fans in Northeast Ohio. The Browns have only posted two winning seasons to go along with one playoff appearance since the 1999 campaign.
Cleveland revamped its front office in the summer, bringing in analytics guru Paul DePodesta as president. Hue Jackson is a well-respected head coach, and the Browns finally have the pieces in place to properly rebuild. They aren’t reaching the light at the end of the tunnel any time soon, however, as the 2016 campaign is shaping up to be another rough one in the Factory of Sadness.
The sad true is that not a whole lot of eyes around the country will be on the Cleveland/New York game this weekend. Both teams are virtually out of playoff contention and are just playing for pride at this point. For the Browns though, a Week 8 win would be a sigh of relief in what many see as a likely 0-16 season.
The Jets come in at 2-5, sitting in the AFC East cellar. Looking at the Browns’ remaining schedule, it seems that this week’s matchup bodes better for them than any remaining one. Yet somehow, the Jets present a unique challenge that Cleveland will need to respect. Plus, being 0-7, this team can’t take anything for granted.
With that said though, this is likely the most favorable matchup for the Browns remaining in 2016. This alone raises the stakes, as talks of 0-16 will begin to swirl much more around the organization if they fail to pick up a win in the first two months. But remember that great value comes in many forms not necessarily the most popular games. Sign up now at HeritageSports