Thursday, October 25, 2012

Boomer Report: How close are the Browns from "winning"

New owner, Jimmy Haslam III, was not to pleased, with
a number of decisions from last Sunday's game.
Now, whats a winning season for the Browns & their fans now a days? Six....Seven....Eight wins? The culture of losing up in Cleveland has to come to a stop eventually, right? With a 1-6 record to start out this season, the Browns again are heading towards their 5th-straight losing season, all of which were double-digit losing seasons. Following, the surprising (still to this day) 10-6 season in 2007, the feel in Cleveland with the Browns was at an all time high, but since then the Browns are working on their third Head Coach (who will soon be gone), since that time and another starting quarterback. Which brings me to my point of thought, "how far are the Browns from winning"? With being the youngest team in the NFL this season, the Browns have had their share of "growing pains", with their new look offense (a number of rookie starters), coaching decisions, and just mental mistakes. In the teams first seven games, they have been in position to win each one heading into the 4th quarter, as four of their six losses have been by 7 points or less. This team needs to find a way to string a number of wins together (not one every 10th or 11th game), and build on what they have now with the youth of some of their skilled position players. Jimmy Haslam III is determined to build a winner in Cleveland for the Browns fans across the country, and I believe he will do it in the near future. Fingers-crossed, hang in there Cleveland.

San Diego Chargers (3-3) vs. Cleveland Browns (1-6)

You have to go all the way back to October of 2001, the last time the Browns defeated the Chargers, 20-16 in Cleveland. Since then the Chargers have won the past four meetings, with three of them coming in Cleveland. The Chargers are still trying to figure out how they let a 24-0 halftime lead slip away two weeks ago on MNF, eventually losing 35-24 to the Peyton-led Broncos. Like I mentioned above, the Browns have been in every game this season into the 4th quarter, and will give the Chargers a tough challenge, who are coming off their bye week at 3-3. The Chargers are in the middle of the pack when it comes to passing/rushing yardage, but QB Phillip Rivers has the ability to go off on opponents and he has a number of targets to throw to, most notability his favorite target Chargers TE Antonio Gates, who caught 8 receptions for a career-high 167 receiving yards in the two teams 2009 meeting (Chargers won 30-23). The Chargers have one of the best rushing defenses in the NFL (71 ypg), and without the aid of rookie RB Trent Richardson most likely, look for the Browns to throw the ball around with rookie QB Brandon Weeden targeting his young receiving corp (CAN SOMEONE CATCH THE DARN BALL). In the end, it would be nice to see the Browns pull off the mild upset (Chargers by 3) and win their second straight home game, and improve to 2-6 on the season, with the Ravens coming to Cleveland next Sunday (11/4) before the Browns go on their bye week.