2022 Season Preview: Cleveland’s new quarterback, DeShaun Watson, was slapped with a long suspension for his behavior off the field. When he returns, will the Browns even have a chance to make the playoffs? That will depend on Nick Chubb, the power runner who punishes enemy tacklers, and the Cleveland defense, which stars Myles Garrett and looks terrific again heading into 2022. While some fans are predicting a gloomy 7–10 season for the Browns, others are seeing the flip-side, believing they might finish 10–7 and stay in the playoff hunt right to the end.
2021 Season Roundup: The Browns started well but struggled in the second half, when they played some very tough teams. QB Baker Mayfield did not improve as many experts predicted he would, but running back Nick Chubb had another excellent season. That was not enough to balance things out, as injuries to Cleveland’s receivers created problems all season long. Cleveland’s defense was usually very good, thanks to pass rushers Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney, and young cornerback Denzel Ward.
2021 Season Preview: If Cleveland can survive the rock-hard AFC North, anything is possible once the playoffs begin. On paper, the Browns have the most talent in the division—including superstars Odell Beckham Jr., Nick Chubb, Myles Garrett, and a big, fast offensive line—and some talented rookies waiting in the wings. If Baker Mayfield continues to improve at quarterback, the team will not only win its first division title since 1989, it could make its first-ever trip to the Super Bowl.
2020 Season Roundup: The Browns rewarded their long-suffering fans with an 11–5 record and a playoff win over the Steelers. They almost pulled out a victory over the Chiefs the following week. The season will be remembered as the Baker Mayfield Show. He threw for 3,563 yards and 26 touchdowns with only eight interceptions. Running back Nick Chubb had another 1,000-yard season and Jarvis Landry led Cleveland with 72 receptions. Lineman Myles Garrett had a career year and was the star of the Browns’ defense.
November 29, 2020: Callie Brownson stepped in as tight ends coach for a game against the Jaguars. She was the first woman in NFL history to serve as a position coach.
October 29, 2020: Defensive end Miles Garrett was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month. He had 6 sacks, 14 tackles, and forced two fumbles in four games. The Browns went 3–1 during the month.
October 25, 2020: The Browns beat the Bengals 37–34 in a game that featured one of the most exciting 4th quarters in history. During the final 15 minutes of a see-saw battle, young QB’s Baker Mayfield and Joe Burrow combined for 5 go-ahead touchdown passes. It was the first time in NFL history that had happened.
2020 Season Preview: The Browns are good enough to win the AFC North thanks to the improving play of Baker Mayfield, their young quarterback. Cleveland has given Mayfield better blockers and a sure-handed tight end, Austin Hooper. This should open things up for wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. On defense, the Browns have lots of talent, but must play together as unit if they hope to make it to double-digit wins.
2019 Season Roundup: The Browns went 6–10 thanks to a solid defense and the running skills of Nick Chubb, who rushed for 1,494 yards. Odell Beckham Jr. caught 72 passes, but was double-teamed most games and also played through injuries. Quarterback Baker Mayfield had a good second season as a pro, but Cleveland fans expected much, much more.
September 29, 2019: Nick Chubb rushed for 165 yards and 3 touchdowns—including an 88-yard run. Combined with last season’s 92-yard run, Chubb is just the third player in history with TD runs of 85 yards or more in his first two seasons.
2019 Season Preview: Cleveland fans are expected to watch a playoff team in 2019—that would be a first since 2002. Baker Mayfield showed that he was the real deal as a rookie and this year he will be throwing to Kareem Hunt and Odell Beckham. Nick Chubb could have a breakout year at running back. The Browns defense features linemen known for giving quarterbacks fits: Olivier Vernon, Sheldon Richardson, and Myles Garrett.
2018 Season Roundup: After years of disappointment, Cleveland fans had plenty to cheer about in 2018. Rookie Baker Mayfield was one of the best young quarterbacks in the league, and the Browns made big plays in close games down the stretch. The team hired coach Gregg Williams after winning just twice in the first half of the season, and he helped turn things around in the final eight games.
December 23, 2018: Baker Mayfield threw three TD passes in a victory over the Bengals and was named Offensive Player of the Week. He was also named Rookie of the Week for the sixth time in 2018.
2018 Season Preview: After a winless campaign in 2017, the Browns have nowhere to go but up. Six wins are not out of the question, but it may be a few more years before they see any postseason action. With #1 pick Baker Mayfield and receiver Jarvis Landry, Cleveland has the makings of a good offense. The defense will need to catch up quickly.
April 12, 2018: The Browns made Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield the #1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
2017 Season Roundup: Every team wants to make history during the season, but not the kind the Browns made in 2017. They became just the second NFL club to go 0–16. Duke Johnson caught 74 balls out of the backfield and Miles Garrett led the team with 7 sacks. Cleveland fans are hoping the Browns find a new leader with the #1 pick in the 2018 draft.
2017 Season Preview: Cleveland is building a talented team through the draft, but the Browns—who won just one game in 2016—will almost certainly fall short of the postseason in 2017. The rookies who could make a difference include tight end David Njoku and pass rusher Myles Garrett.
2016 Season Roundup: Cleveland fans sat through a dreadful season, as the young Browns lost all but one game. Five of their 15 defeats came in games they probably should have won. The lone bright spots on the offense were Isaiah Crowell, who ran for 952 yards and seven touchdowns, and receiver Terrelle Pryor, who caught 77 passes.
2016 Season Preview: Young stars Duke Coleman and Corey Coleman should give a boost to the offense, but uncertainty at the quarterback position might keep the Browns out of the playoff picture. There is more talent on the defensive side of the ball, with a young unit that came of age in the second half 2015. If they take another step forward in 2016, things could get very interesting in the AFC North.
September 20, 2015: Travis Benjamin became the third player in history to score three TD’s of 50 yards or more in the same game.
2015 Season Preview: The Browns have built their team around an excellent offensive line and rugged defense. That should be enough to keep them in games. Who will win them? That’s the question. Cleveland fans are still waiting for a quarterback to step up and become a leader.
September 2, 2014: All of the excitement in Cleveland for 2014 surrounds rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel. However, the Browns’ defense is more likely to be a difference-maker this season. It should give division rivals Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Baltimore headaches all year. Whoever handles the ball for Cleveland will enjoy the security of one of the AFC’s best blocking groups, starring Joe Thomas, Alex Mack, and rookie Joel Bitonio.
December 9, 2013: Josh Gordon set an NFL record with 774 receiving yards over a four-game span. He broke the record set earlier in the season by Calvin Johnson of the Lions, who had 746. Gordon went on to lead the NFL with 1,646 receiving yards.
September 4, 2013: The 2013 Browns are in rebuilding mode, from their coach to their quarterback to their front office. The team has good, young talent—including receivers Greg Little and Josh Gordon—so opponents won’t be able to relax on defense. Cleveland’s own defense may be a work in progress, with a lot of players having to learn new roles. The fans should have fun watching rookie Barkevious Mingo go after enemy quarterbacks.
February 2, 2013: Five straight losses to begin the year killed any chance the Browns had of a winning season. But 5 wins in their next 8 gave Cleveland fans hope for the future. Kicker Phil Dawson scored 116 points and made the Pro Bowl, while rookie Brandon Weeden held his own as the team’s new quarterback.
Summer, 2012: Cleveland has a difficult schedule in 2012, especially on the road. To survive in the AFC North, they will need big contributions from their