Following a 41-35 win over the Tennessee Titans the Cleveland Browns lay declare to an 9-Three document.
CLEVELAND — Following their 41-35 win over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, the query now seems to be not whether or not or not the Cleveland Browns will make the 2020 NFL Playoffs, however moderately, who will they play?
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In line with superior analytics web site 5 Thirty Eight, the Browns now possess a 92 % probability of constructing the playoffs this season. That marks a 14 % improve from the week prior, following Cleveland’s win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
With simply 4 weeks remaining within the common season, the playoff image is starting to come back into focus. With that in thoughts, let’s check out the place the Browns stand of their quest to make the postseason for the primary time since 2002.
- Pittsburgh Steelers 11-0*
- Cleveland Browns 9-3
- Baltimore Ravens 6-5*
- Cincinnati Bengals 2-9-1
*denotes Week 13 sport nonetheless stays.
Whereas the Steelers and Ravens nonetheless should play this week, the Browns will enter Week 14 trailing Pittsburgh by at the very least two video games. Though Cleveland and Pittsburgh nonetheless have a Week 17 contest remaining, the probability of the Browns catching the Steelers stays slim, with 5 Thirty Eight solely giving Cleveland a 1 % probability of profitable the AFC North.
Maybe extra fascinating is the truth that Baltimore is at present preventing for its postseason life. Six days after going through the Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday night time, the Ravens will face the Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium on Monday Night time Soccer in a sport that would have a major affect on their — and Cleveland’s place within the playoff standings.
AFC Wild Card
Simply three weeks in the past, the Browns stood at ninth place within the AFC standings — one spot behind the convention’s three Wild Card spots. However as of Monday, Cleveland hasn’t simply reentered the playoff image — it is now in pole place for the highest Wild Card spot, which might show advantageous when it comes to playoff seeding.
By 13 weeks, here is how the AFC Playoff image appears to be like:
- Pittsburgh Steelers (11-0)*
- Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (11-1)
- Buffalo Payments (8-3)*
- Tennessee Titans (8-4)*
- Cleveland Browns (9-3)
- Miami Dolphins (8-4)
- Indianapolis Colts (8-4)
- Las Vegas Raiders (7-5)
- Baltimore Ravens (6-5)
- New England Patriots (6-6)
Whereas it does not seem the Browns will be capable of formally clinch a playoff bid till Week 15, a win over the Ravens subsequent Monday would nearly assure that Cleveland will break the longest lively postseason drought within the NFL (17 years).
So far as the Browns’ seeding, they continue to be one sport forward of each the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts — the latter of which they maintain a head-to-head tiebreaker over. In the meantime, the Las Vegas Raiders maintain a head-to-head tiebreaker in opposition to Cleveland, however stay a full two video games behind the Browns within the Wild Card standings.
It is value noting that Cleveland Las Vegas lay declare to nearly the identical problem of schedule remaining, based mostly opponent’s profitable proportion. In the meantime, the Ravens at present possess the simplest remaining schedule within the league, with video games in opposition to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cincinnati Bengals nonetheless forward.
Listed below are the video games left on the Browns’ 2020 schedule:
- Dec. 14 vs. Baltimore Ravens (Monday Night time Soccer)
- Dec. 20 at New York Giants
- Dec. 27 at New York Jets
- Jan. Three vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Whereas a win over the Ravens would nearly clinch a spot within the playoffs for the Browns, back-to-back video games in opposition to the 5-7 Giants and the 0-12 Jets will present Cleveland an opportunity to clinch its postseason bid earlier than its Week 17 dwelling sport in opposition to the Steelers. That is not even factoring in the entire assist the Browns may obtain from outcomes in video games they don’t seem to be even taking part in in. In different phrases, for Cleveland to squander its playoff probabilities, it will take lots to go incorrect — after which some.