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How can the Browns make the playoffs after loss to Jets?

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The Cleveland Browns enter Week 17 seeking to finish the NFL’s longest energetic postseason drought.

CLEVELAND — Editor’s be aware: the video within the participant above is from Dec. 26, 2020.

The Cleveland Browns’ 23-16 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday did not eradicate them from playoff rivalry.

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And whereas the Browns nonetheless management their postseason future due to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, Cleveland not has a lot margin for error.

Ought to Cleveland beat Pittsburgh in its regular-season finale at FirstEnergy Stadium subsequent week, the Browns would clinch one of many AFC’s three Wild Card spots, ending the NFL’s longest energetic postseason drought (17 years). It is so simple as that: win and Cleveland is in.

In the meantime, ought to the Browns tie the Steelers, they would want one of many following outcomes to happen with a purpose to clinch a playoff spot:

  • Colts lose or tie to Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Titans lose to the Inexperienced Bay Packers (Week 16) and Houston Texans (Week 17)
  • Baltimore Ravens lose to Cincinnati Bengals
  • Miami Dolphins loss to the Buffalo Payments
  • Titans earn at one loss and one tie in ultimate two video games, Ravens beat Bengals, Dolphins beat Payments

Even when Cleveland had been to lose to the Steelers on Sunday, that alone would not eradicate the Browns from postseason play. They may nonetheless qualify for the postseason with one of many following situations:

  • Colts lose to Jaguars
  • Titans lose to the Inexperienced Bay Packers (Week 16) and Houston Texans (Week 17), Dolphins win or tie vs. Payments, Ravens win or tie vs. Bengals
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Contemplating that the Ravens and Colts are each prone to be heavy favorites subsequent weekend, maybe the largest recreation of curiosity for Browns followers subsequent weekend — outdoors of their very own — would be the one between the Payments and Dolphins. It is price noting that contemplating its playoff positioning, Buffalo may very well be able to relaxation its starters towards Miami, which might create a big edge for the Dolphins. The identical may be mentioned for Pittsburgh, which might clearly bode effectively for the Browns’ playoff odds. 

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