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How can the Cleveland Browns clinch a playoff spot?

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The Cleveland Browns can clinch their first postseason look since 2002 in Week 16 of the 2020 NFL season.

CLEVELAND — Editor’s observe: the video within the participant above is from Dec. 20, 2020.

With their win over the New York Giants, the Cleveland Browns did not but clinch a postseason bid. However the Browns may not have to attend lengthy to finish the NFL’s longest lively playoff drought (17 years).

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Whereas the Browns did not obtain any assist in their postseason quest on Sunday — the Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins every gained — their victory over the Giants elevated their odds of constructing the postseason to 92 %, based on superior analytics website 5 Thirty Eight. These are increased odds than the Dolphins (31 %), Ravens (89 %) and Colts (90 %) at present possess, whereas the Titans (97 %) have increased postseason odds on account of having the within monitor to win the AFC South.

For the primary time all season, Cleveland will enter every week with playoff-clinching situations in play. Whereas a win over the 1-13 New York Jets would improve the Browns’ postseason odds to 98 % (per 5 Thirty Eight), a victory coupled with assist elsewhere within the league might punch Cleveland’s ticket to the playoffs for the primary time since 2002.

Coming into Week 16, the Browns’ three postseason-clinching situations include the next outcomes:

  • Browns beat Jets, Colts lose to Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Browns beat Jets, Dolphins lose or tie to Las Vegas Raiders
  • Browns beat Jets, Ravens lose or tie to New York Giants
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In the meantime, if Cleveland loses to the Jets, it might drop the Browns’ playoff odds to 63 % earlier than factoring in any of the opposite outcomes within the AFC Wild Card race. Relying on how the Titans, Colts, Dolphins and Ravens honest in Week 16, a Cleveland loss might drop its playoff odds to between 37 and 90 %.

In Week 17, Cleveland will host the Steelers. If Pittsburgh beats the Cincinnati Bengals this Monday evening or Colts subsequent week, it is going to clinch the AFC North. In the meantime, two Steelers losses within the subsequent two weeks coupled with a Browns win over the Jets would put the division on the road within the closing week of the common season.

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