The Cleveland Browns will close out a long, strange and highly frustrating regular season on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.
This season will end without a playoff berth - the same as every season since 2002 - and may include yet another head coach firing.
It may not be enjoyable to watch, but here are 14 reasons to tune into the game:
- A victory would give the Browns a 4-2 record in the AFC North, their best divisional record since the NFL went to its current four-team divisions in 2002.
- A win would also mark the second consecutive year that the Browns avoided double-digit losses, a feat last accomplished in 2001-02.
- Defeat the Bengals and it will be the first time the Browns have won the season’s final game since 2009, when they beat the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- Nick Chubb heads into the game leading the NFL in rushing yards with 1,453. If Chubb finishes the year as the league’s top rusher, he will be the first Browns running back to accomplish that feat since Leroy Kelly in 1968.
- Chubb is already sitting at No. 4 on the franchise’s list of rushing yards for a single season, with only Jim Brown above him. With 92 yards on Sunday, Chubb would finish the year with the second-best rushing total in franchise history.
- Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is 46 receiving yards away from a 1,000-yard season. If he hits that mark, Beckham will be just the 10th wide receiver in franchise history to surpass 1,000 yards in a season.
- Wide receiver Jarvis Landry is already at the 1,000-yard mark (1,092 yards) and if Beckham joins him, it will be the first time in franchise history that the Browns have had two wide receivers surpass 1,000 yards in the same season.
- Landry comes into the game with 81 receptions, leaving him nine catches away from setting the franchise record for the most receptions in a season. Tight end Ozzie Newsome (1983 and 1984) and tight end Kellen Winslow (2006) currently share the lead with 89 receptions.
- If Beckham hits 1,000 receiving yards and Chubb hits 1,500 rushing yards, the Browns will be the first team since the 2006 St. Louis Rams to have a 3,500-yard passer (Baker Mayfield), a 1,500-yard rusher and a pair of 1,000-yard receivers, according to Pat McManamon at The Athletic.
- Sunday’s game might be the last for linebacker Joe Schobert in a Browns uniform as general manager John Dorsey has inexplicably not approached Schobert about a contract extension.
- Sunday’s game might be the last for offensive tackles Greg Robinson and Chris Hubbard in a Browns uniform after general manager John Dorsey inexplicably brought them back as starters this season, with predictable results.
- With a start on Sunday, quarterback Baker Mayfield will become just the second Cleveland quarterback to start all 16 games in a season since Bernie Kosar did it in 1991. Tim Couch in 2001 is the only other quarterback to accomplish that feat.
- With 246 passing yards on Sunday, Mayfield would finish the year at No. 4 on the team’s single-season leaderboard.
- Win or lose, the game could be the final one for head coach Freddie Kitchens, who is widely expected to become the fifth full-time head coach to be fired by owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam since they purchased the Browns in 2012.
The game from Paul Brown Stadium kicks off at 1 p.m.