​This Thursday NFL fans across the country will be celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday with food and NFL football. Americans traditionally take this holiday as an opportunity to give thanks and be thankful for the blessings they have received. Putting aside the Deshaun Watson and Nick Chubb injuries, Cleveland Browns fans do have things to be thankful for.

A 7-3 record in the first 10 games of the 2023 season is a good start to counting blessings. It can be argued with better health of players their record could be better. But the record shows the resilience of this team. They won seven games with three different starting quarterbacks. They are contending for a division title and currently hold the 5th playoff seed in the AFC.

The Cleveland Browns are a stable organization. The front office led by GM Andrew Berry and the coaching staff led by head coach Kevin Stefanski has been in place since the 2020 season. This is their fourth year together. Coach Stefanski has a winning record through almost four seasons. For over two decades since expansion, the Browns lacked stability. There was a constant churning of GMs and coaches every several years. And with that losing seasons were an annual norm for the Browns organization. It is nice to see stability and continuity with winning football in Cleveland. And that is a reason to be thankful.

​Defensive end Myles Garrett is another reason for Browns fans to be thankful. I have watched him play in person and he looks superhuman as an athlete. He is currently on pace for over 20 sacks this season and making a strong argument for NFL Defensive Player of the Year and MVP.

​The Browns defense overall is something to be thankful for. When leaving last Sunday’s game Pittsburgh Steelers fans gave us respect. They all commented that the Cleveland Browns have a “Championship Defense.” They are currently a top-ranked defense in the NFL.​

34 million dollars in salary cap space is a reason to be thankful. General manager Andrew Berry has done a masterful job in managing the salary cap. With excellent forward thinking he has restructured players’ contracts to roll over salary cap space into 2024.

​A refreshing change in team culture is an unspoken reason to be thankful. This Cleveland Browns team in the last two weeks won two hard-fought divisional games. The AFC North is the toughest division in football. The Cleveland Browns now can win the AFC North division because they won those two games.
​The last reason to be thankful is the fans of the Cleveland Browns. They have their faults just like any other fan base in the NFL. But Cleveland Browns fans are the most loyal fans in the NFL. They are the only fans in any sport to fight to keep their team and win. This fan loyalty is beginning to be rewarded, enjoy it Browns fans and Happy Thanksgiving!

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