Alright so let's just sort through this rant and some feelings. To sum it up, I'm cowering in a corner. Maybe behind some furniture or a dresser or something. The Cleveland Browns represent this foreign entity, doing things I'm wholly not used to it doing. I'm waiting for the inevitable moment when things start "behaving normally" and what that means to me is of course some weird mixture of this result: We shit the bed on this season. 8-3, 5th in the AFC. We're in the drivers seat of our own destiny. IMO this upcoming game against Tennessee is our biggest game of the year yet, especially after they just whupped on the Colts. Are we for real? IMO a win over that team and moving to 9-3 as we close out the year with games against the Ravens, Giants, Jets and Steelers... Effectively two games at home, two games in New York. To me finishing 11-5 at that point feels attainable, realistic and frankly dare I suggest "expectable". I don't even want to think about putting any kind of expectations on the Browns right now but a win next week vs the Titans and I think we honestly can. I hope they're putting them on themselves. Next week is huge. We lose next week, 8-4, probably still in a really good spot so a lot of people will stop and say "oh don't worry about next week" well the prospect of going 10-6 or worse, IMO... like my nightmare right now: We are the Jets one win this year... that team is fucking awful but after we just played vs Jacksonville... I feel like we can't expect anything from this team. So glass ... wherever it is for me right now, we lose to Baltimore and Pittsburgh again, especially without Miles. We can beat both New York teams. That's where I feel we close the year and why the Titans game is so important. So why do I feel like we lost this game, and last week no picnic either (look at how Vegas played vs the Falcons... the league's worst pass defense.), we're an 8-3 team but if we're looking at pretenders vs "real" contenders, I don't feel like the Cleveland Browns are in the latter category, but we beat the Titans next week, that argument is fair and valid. That's a prove it game, and we need to punch em' in the mouth because they're gonna do it to us. Jacksonville is a bad team, and we laboured to beat them. We laboured greatly. No easy wins in the NFL alright true. Final stretch for the season, and we are in a great spot. Baker has had some baffling moments but IMO he's played well enough that we do not need to worry about looking for a new QB at this time. This stretch of games is as important for his future with the Cleveland Browns as they are for us knowing the truth of where we stand this first season with Stefanski. Dust settles, I'm very happy with this team and the job they've done. They've exceeded my expectations. We are, at worst, at .500 team which isn't far off what I suggested we were before the year began. We should finish 10-6 and in the thick of a fringe playoff spot where maybe we get a sniff of post-season football for the first time in 1`8 years.