You can say anything you want about the Cleveland Browns, but there’s no way you can’t respect them after what they’ve accomplished this season.
Kevin Stefanski’s team currently has 15 players out, including legit cornerstones like Nick Chubb, Deshaun Watson, and Dawand Jones.
However, as pointed out by Browns insider Nick Karns, a win on Sunday over the Chicago Bears would guarantee them a winning season.
If the Browns win Sunday, Cleveland will be guaranteed a winning season.
That alone would be an insane accomplishment considering all the talent on IR. 👀 https://t.co/7l2TJmgoBv
— Nick Karns (@karnsies817) December 15, 2023
The Browns have a big shot to pull that off, as they’re going to face off against a Chicago Bears team that has only been good against the Detroit Lions.
Of course, the team cannot overlook them, especially considering the fact that Justin Fields is currently auditioning to get another job somewhere else next season and should be highly motivated to prove his worth against one of the best defenses in the league.
Then again, that hasn’t been this team’s approach this season at all.
They’ve fought hard on every single snap, and the fact that they’re 6-1 at home despite all these unfortunate injuries and the revolving door at the QB position is simply remarkable.
It won’t happen because of the team’s record, but Kevin Stefanski should be one of the leading candidates for Coach of the Year, as he’s had four different quarterbacks win games for his team against all odds.
Winning the division might no longer be feasible, but the Browns should still be a playoff team, and they have the kind of hard-nosed competitive squad that could play spoiler against Super Bowl contenders.