Over the last 12 years the Cleveland Browns have only won more than six games once (2007, 10-6) and in 10 of those seasons they won just four or five games.
After thumping the Bengals 24-3 on National Television and winning the Battle of Ohio, the Browns are (6-3) and they’ve still got seven games left to play.
This is a big deal. A really big deal.
Just ask this guy:
— Bernie The Pug (@BernieThePug) November 6, 2014
OK, that’s not a guy. It’s a dog named after Bernie Kosar, but you get the point.
The Browns don’t suck and that is something worth celebrating, particularly since the team formerly known as the Browns (Ravens) beat feet to Baltimore and became a perennial playoff team and two-time Super Bowl Champion just to rub it in the #Dawgpound’s face.
I’m happy for the Browns and you should be, too.
But you know who’s not happy?
The Red Rocket (can I say that?) started off the season red hot (pun intended) after facing loads of criticism that the Bengals shouldn’t have signed a quarterback that struggles in the postseason to a long-term deal, but Cincy has been on a steady decline since being crowned the NFL’s best team three weeks into the 2014 campaign.
But I digress…back to Andy Dalton’s misery.
Andy Dalton’s 30.3 completion percentage is the WORST for a single game in Bengals history (min. 25 attempts). pic.twitter.com/JVm7YuoNSU
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 7, 2014
He was awful – beyond awful. He was 86 yards on 33 attempts awful. We’re talking zero touchdowns and three interceptions awful. And at home no less.
The Bengals are on a crash course to implosion and Dalton’s performance put the match to the fuse.
Starting next week, Cincinnati embarks on a three-game road swing (@New Orleans, @Houston, @Tampa Bay) before finishing out the year with a pair of contests against the suddenly unbeatable Steelers, a home game against the Denver Broncos and a rematch against the Browns in Cleveland.
I think it’s safe to say that in the ultra-tight AFC North, we’ve found the odd man out.