The Cleveland Browns may have seen their playoff hopes all but be extinguished last weekend, but the team still has something to play for in 2018.
With two games remaining on the schedule - at home on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals and on the road in the season finale against the Baltimore Ravens - there are still several team and individual goals to reach.
On the team side, with wins in the final two games, the Browns:
- will finish with their first winning season since 2007 and only their third winning season since 1989.
- will finish with a record of 4-1-1 in the AFC North, their best record within the division since it was formed in 2002
- will finish with their first winning record within the division since 2002
Those two wins would also mean that head coach Gregg Williams would move past Chris Palmer on the franchise’s all-time wins list.
The Browns have given up 348 points on the season, if they can keep the Bengals and Ravens under a combined 51 points, they will give up less than 400 points for the first time since 2014 and for just the second time since 2012.
On the individual side, but staying with the defense, defensive end Myles Garrett is sitting on 12.5 sacks. With 1.5 sacks in the final two games, Garrett will pass Reggie Camp for the single-season franchise record for sacks. With 2.5 sacks, Garrett will pass Bill Glass for the real team record, as Glass notched 14.5 sacks in 1965, which came before the NFL officially recognized the stat.
Turning to the offense, things start (as they always do) with quarterback Baker Mayfield, who has 3,065 passing yards and 21 touchdown passes. If Mayfield:
- passes for 435 yards, he will become just the fourth Browns quarterback to throw for 3,500 yards in a single season, joining Brian Sipe (four times), Bernie Kosar (twice) and Derek Anderson (once).
- throws four touchdowns, he will join the top 10 list for most touchdown passes in a single season and become just the fifth quarterback in franchise history with at least 25 touchdown passes.
Like Mayfield, running back Nick Chubb did not open the season as the starter at his position, but he has made up for lost time. If Chubb rushes for 140 yards, he will reach 1,000 yards on the season. While that may not mean as much as it once did, if Chubb hits the mark he will:
- be just the 10th different running back to rush for 1,000 yards in franchise history
- be the first running back the Browns have drafted to rush for 1,000 yards since Earnest Byner in 1985
In addition, with two rushing touchdowns Chubb will have 10 on the season, making him just the sixth different running back to hit double digits in rushing touchdowns in a season in franchise history.
Wide receiver Jarvis Landry is 173 yards away from 1,000 receiving yards, which would make him just the 13th player in franchise history to crack the 1,000-yard mark in that category.
Finally, there is tight end David Njoku, who has 50 receptions for 504 yards and three touchdowns. With:
- five receptions, Njoku will become the sixth tight end in franchise history with at least 55 receptions in a season
- 96 yards, Njoku will become the ninth tight end in franchise history with at least 600 yards in a season
- two touchdown receptions, Njoku will become the sixth different tight end to have at least five touchdown receptions in a season.
The playoffs may be out of reach for this season, but the Browns still have plenty to play for.