Scoreboard watching: A look at the playoff picture for the Browns

Who to root for this weekend to keep January hopes alive

Daryl Ruiter
December 15, 2018 - 11:30 pm

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Browns are in rarified air these days.

And we’re not just talking about Denver, Colorado either.

The Browns entered the 15th week of the 2018 NFL season still with a heartbeat that is growing louder following a 17-16 win over the Broncos in Denver Saturday night.

Currently sitting as the 10th seed in the AFC following their sixth victory of the season, the Browns still need a lot of help down the stretch to backdoor their way into January football.

Cleveland needs the Ravens, who currently are the second AFC Wild card, along with the Dolphins, Colts and Titans to lose two of their final three games. The Browns finish the season at Baltimore Dec. 30. The Titans and Colts also finish the season against each other at Tennessee.

Should the Browns win their final two games – at home against the Bengals and at the Ravens in Week 17 and the Steelers lose all three of their remaining games – Patriots, Saints and Bengals – the Browns would win the AFC North.

Here’s a look at what needs to happen Sunday to move the Browns closer to pulling off the improbable.

Sunday, 1 p.m.: Giants (5-8) over the Titans (7-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m.: Cowboys (8-5) over the Colts (7-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m.: Vikings (6-6-1) over the Dolphins (7-6)

Sunday, 1 p.m.: Buccaneers (5-8) over the Ravens (7-6). Baltimore currently holds the second AFC Wild Card.

Sunday, 4:25 p.m.: Patriots (9-4) over the Steelers (7-5-1). Pittsburgh leads Baltimore in the AFC North