For the first time in what feels like forever, the Browns are having a winning season. After Week 7, the bafflement continues as some fans are just downright unhappy. It leaves one to scratch his/her head.
After a disappointing opening loss to Baltimore, Cleveland went on to win four-straight. Yes, you read that right – FOUR-STRAIGHT. During that stretch, the Browns were one of the hottest teams in the NFL. Those are words that haven’t been spoken in several decades.
They had an impressive win over the Colts with a score of 32-23 in Week 5. With that win that was their first four-game win streak since 2009.
Then came Week 6 and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Everything seemed to come to a screeching halt with a disappointing loss of 38-7.
That day it was as if all the good was erased. Many fans were calling for a replacement for quarterback Baker Mayfield. Some were calling for a new head coach to replace Kevin Stefanski. The blame was shifting all over the place. The fans weren’t the only negativity; the national and local media chimed in. Stephan A. Smith ripped Baker on ESPN’s First Take and the Browns QB came back swinging at the media by saying, “I do not give a damn what they say. The outside noise does not matter. They get paid to talk. We get paid to do our work.”
The Browns went to Cincinnati the following week and won the shootout, 37-34, with a game-winning drive. The Browns made crucial mistakes early including an interception by Mayfield to open the game. He was able to rebound and lead his team to win the Battle of Ohio.
It’s unclear if the frustration by some fans is due to the losses to Pittsburgh and Baltimore. These teams are rivals of Cleveland, but the Steelers are undefeated and Baltimore was game one of this season. Those losses shouldn’t deter fans. There are many positive things to think about this team. They are overcoming adversity and injuries. For a fan base that has been so accustomed to losing, it’d seem that they’d be happier to be winning.