Oh no. No no no no no. I knew this past weekend was too good to be true. Every single thing that needed to happen for the Browns did happen. The Browns won. Steelers lost. Ravens lost. Bengals lost. Raiders lost. And the Bills lost. Folks, the season appeared to be all but over when we lost to the Ravens on Thanksgiving Weekend, but now, I feel rejuvenated and ready for the playoff push. This team has a coin flip's chance of making the postseason analytically, and the way the schedule looks, it appears both sides of that coin are Tails. As in let me tell you the tale of when Baker Mayfield lead the Browns to the division title against all odds. We host the reeling Raiders this weekend in a game where we're favored by a touchdown, and the Ravens have to heal Lamar Jackson AND play the Packers. Are the Browns about to turn everything around and be in 1st place in the AFC North by this time next week?
No. No they're not. Because nothing good happens in Cleveland.
Here's who is out as of now:
G Drew Forbes
TE Austin Hooper
WR Jarvis Landry
DE Takkarist McKinley
G Wyatt Teller
T Jedrick Wills
WR JoJo Natson
TE Ross Travis
Add in TE David Njoku, LB Anthony Walker, and Punter Jamie Gillian who were added last week and did not play
Well, shit. Thoughts and prayers to Baker Mayfield. Luckily he's not on this list, but unluckily, he may die this weekend. Who's going to block for him? And even if by miracle we can get a pass off, who's going to catch it?
Here's a good summary of what we're dealing with right now:
How are we supposed to win a football game like this? Injuries are one thing, but the league cannot make us play with all of this covid spreading. I personally think they should just postpone for one week and pick things up next Sunday. Omnicron came to play and it's not messing around. But at worst, the NFL needs to move the Browns game to Monday night. It's the right thing to do. Give us more time to get our players back.