The Cleveland Browns, since returning to the NFL in 1999, have admittedly been a mess. Too many head coaches, too many GM's, too many losing seasons, and even when they win...they lose...like in 2002 they blew a big lead against the Steelers to lose in the 1st round...and in 2007 when they missed the playoffs with a 10-6 record.
That was then. This is now.
Yet, the national narrative is still to write this team off.
The narratives include shots at Baker Mayfield...but those are discussed elsewhere...so here it is just the general narrative. The one that I hear the most by uninformed talking heads is that the Browns are the ONLY TEAM WITH A NEGATIVE POINT DIFFERENTIAL. The comment is 'even the WFT' is better than the Browns on point differential.
This narrative misses the big picture. By a mile. The Browns lost to the Ravens in week 1 by 32 points. That was bad. On the rematch...the game was won on the last drive. The Browns lost to the Steelers in week 6 by 31 points (lets not forget, Teller/Chubb/Harrison/Joseph were out, Baker and Landry were hurting). On the rematch...the Browns won. The only other 2 losses were in another game without Chubb/Teller/Hooper vs the Raiders and a game without Teller and the entire WR group.
They say good teams find a way to win. The Browns did this..in spades. Holding 2 games as the reason to dismiss the entire season is just a narrow-minded narrative.
Another is the Browns are getting away from their identity...Baker passing too much recently. In the last 5 games, Baker has thrown the Ball at least 27 times, and 4 of the 5 games over 30 times. They ignore that he has been excellent. Completing 65% of his passes, an 11/1 TD to INT ratio, with a passer rating of 103.4. This is also likely by design as it will be necessary in the playoffs for teams to respect the pass in order to help the running game.
Finally is the D. The Browns D is middle of the pack. They give up 0.1 more yards a game than the Chiefs. They give up 5.9 more yards a game than the Bills....yet the Bills D is being touted as the reason they can take on the Chiefs.
Here is to hoping the Browns can take it to Pittsburgh and continue to change the narrative.