Just when you’re ready to cancel your plans for the 0-16 Winless Season Parade, the Cleveland Browns once again prove why they are the Charlie Brown of the NFL.
Where’s Snoopy when you need him?
Since last Christmas to be exact, the Browns—and their long-suffering fans—all they wanted was one win. ONE win. O-N-E win to help ease their suffering of what has been another train wreck of a season.
Being a Browns fan is like being the innocent bystander of a car accident, you can’t help but be a witness and watch. Sadly, the Browns have proven time and time again to be the league’s crash test dummy.
Even despite the early game heroics of Josh Gordon—who caught his first NFL touchdown in almost three yeas, and finishing with three catches for 69 yards—and rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer having his best game as a NFL pro, in tossing a career-high three touchdown passes., the Cleveland Browns were THISCLOSE to upsetting the Aaron Rodgers-less, Brett Hundley-led Green Bay Packers, 27-21 in overtime.
1-27 in their last 28 games, the Browns were on the verge of throwing a serious money wrench into the NFC Playoff picture in going up 21-7 over the visiting Packers, much to the shock and dismay of Cheesehead Nation.
21-7 going into the fourth quarter, WITH. A. LEAD. And only the Browns could pull a Cleveland Browns-type of loss out of their brown and orange asses.
Whatever happened to the aggressive Gregg Williams defense in the fourth quarter? Only the devil himself knows.
Because the Browns played like a bunch of dogs playing dead, as they allowed Hundley to do his very best Rodgers impression in leading them on two touchdown drives, and thanks to to Kizer deciding to revert back to his usual interception-throwing self in overtime, much like Davante Adams, the Packers walked off of FirstEnergy Stadium with a win.
Only the Browns can pull defeat from the jaws of victory. Sadly, so many Browns fans are used to seeing Cleveland blow leads in a variety of ways.
Whether it is a bone-headed interception, costly fumble, mental lapses in committing penalties or whatever else way you can lose a game, if the NFL came up with a “1001 Ways To Lose In The NFL”, I can guarantee you that all of the browns losses over the last twenty-some odd years would fill it from front to back.
Sadly, much like the beloved and fabled Peanuts character, thanks to their latest loss, the Browns—just as they are about to win—had the proverbial football pulled from them by Lucy once again.
At least the parade is still on, right?