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Can the Cleveland Browns go Winless this Year?

November 9, 2016 • Ben Heck • AFC, AFC North, Cleveland Browns, Features, Front Page

With over half the 2016 regular season in the books, the Cleveland Browns are sitting ugly at 0-9.

Three different quarterbacks have started at least one game, and five quarterbacks total have attempted at least 24 passes under center for Cleveland this season.

The last quarterback to win a game for the Browns? Johnny Manziel.

Yes, that’s right, the troubled ex-Browns quarterback is the last guy to win a football game in Cleveland.

It was Dec. 13, 2015.

A 24-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers helped Cleveland improve to 3-10 on the season. The Browns then went on to drop the last three games of the season and finished 3-13.

Robert Griffin III signed a two-year, $15 million contract in March, as new head coach Hue Jackson hoped he would be “his guy.”

Well, a Week 1 shoulder injury against Philadelphia had RGIII placed on injured reserve Sept. 12, and since then veteran Josh McCown (two starts) and rookie Cody Kessler (six starts) have taken over the reins. In addition to those three guys, Charlie Whitehurst and rookie Kevin Hogan have also thrown passes in a Browns’ uniform.

It’s been a shipwreck, that’s for sure.

Week 1: 29-10 L vs. Eagles
Week 2: 25-20 L vs. Ravens
Week 3: 30-24 OT L @ Dolphins
Week 4: 31-20 L @ Redskins
Week 5: 33-13 L vs. Patriots
Week 6: 28-26 L @ Titans
Week 7: 31-17 L @ Bengals
Week 8: 31-28 L vs. Jets
Week 9: 35-10 L vs. Cowboys

Remaining Schedule

Week 10: @ Ravens
Week 11: vs. Steelers
Week 12: vs. Giants
Week 13: Bye week
Week 14: vs. Bengals
Week 15: @ Bills
Week 16: vs. Chargers
Week 17: @ Steelers

There are winnable games left on the schedule––Cleveland always gives Baltimore a scare, and sometimes even pulls off the upset. But it’s certainly possible to see the Browns match the 2008 Detroit Lions in the 0-16 category.

While the starting quarterback situation clearly isn’t ideal for Coach Jackson, it’s the defensive unit of coordinator Ray Horton that very well could be the reason Cleveland is struggling to capture a victory this season.

And a slew of injuries, as well.

Surrendering 30+ points in any given game is no way to win football games. Cleveland’s defense has allowed 30+ in six out of nine games this year, including three straight games. The unit has yet to allow under 25 points.

If this trend continues, we’ll be sure to see an 0-16 season.

Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

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