Cleveland Browns coverage from Dawgs By Nature:
- Browns playoff seeding: Paths to the 1st, 2nd and 5th seeds (Jared Mueller) - While the City of Cleveland continues to celebrate (and recover) from the Cleveland Browns clinching a playoff birth in Week 17, there is still a ton up in the air for the postseason. That the Browns were able to clinch their playoff spot a week early creates some flexibility for their Week 18 plans but also some interesting outcome possibilities.
- Browns, Jets Winners & Losers: Cleveland clinches playoff spot - Brownies & Frownies (Barry Shuck) - The post-season is in sight for the Cleveland Browns now that all the new toys have been properly played with for a solid week. Time to get back to the business of professional football.
- Browns signing 3rd QB to active roster (Jared Mueller) - One thing we know for certain is that Cleveland Browns GM Andrew Berry is rarely sitting by and watching things happen. The day after the Browns clinched a playoff spot, Berry went back to work to prepare his team for Week 18 and the postseason.
- Browns injury updates: Concern for Elijah Moore; Amari Cooper, special teams info (Jared Mueller) - That the Cleveland Browns clinched a playoff spot a week early is even more impressive. Unfortunately, we must return to the realities that have been Cleveland’s season of injuries.
- For the first time in over 30 years, Browns better than the Steelers in a season (Jared Mueller) - Defining and ranking rivalries is tough and sometimes pointless. Cleveland Browns fans hate the Baltimore Ravens and get annoyed by the Cincinnati Bengals but their feelings toward the Pittsburgh Steelers are different than the other two.
- Inside the Browns’ subdued celebration after clinching a playoff berth: ‘We still got a season to play’ (cleveland.com) - Walking into the Browns’ locker room following their 37-20 win over the New York Jets, it was like any other of their previous 10 wins this season. Players in and out, quickly getting ready to find their families, cracking a joke here or there, talking on their phones. No music. No dancing. No champagne. No central celebration.
- With Joe Flacco on fire, playoff-bound Browns are fun, incredible, feel-good story (Beacon Journal) - When the Browns captured a playoff berth by defeating the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers in front of a pandemic-reduced crowd on Jan. 3, 2021, legendary play-by-play announcer Jim Donovan summarized the bittersweet moment with a famous radio call. “And the only thing that’s missing — all of you,” Donovan exclaimed. However, die-hard fans certainly were not missing from Cleveland Browns Stadium this time around when their favorite NFL team earned a playoff-clinching victory over the New York Jets on “Thursday Night Football” in front of a paid attendance of 67,919.
- Browns fans: This is your kind of team as it brought healing to the fan base (Terry Pluto) - This year, the Browns are a Cleveland kind of team. They have been battered. They have been written off. They have had to make a way when there seemed to be no way, to quote an old gospel song.
- Elijah Moore home and ‘doing better’ after spending night in hospital following concussion (Browns Zone) - Receiver Elijah Moore spent Thursday night in the hospital but was home and “doing better” Friday after sustaining a scary concussion in the win over the Jets, coach Kevin Stefanski said.
- Browns defense showed why they are the best defense after win on Thursday Night Football (clevelandbrowns.com) - When running back Nick Chubb surprised his teammates on Thursday by being the Dawg Pound Captain, the defense didn’t need any more motivation to perform well against the New York Jets.
- The burden of being Bijan Robinson (The Ringer) - Life as a modern-day NFL running back isn’t easy. The Atlanta Falcons rookie’s up-and-down season illustrates just how confounding playing the position can be. But Robinson’s positionless approach could be the future. “He’s become, I believe, the new prototype,” says LaDainian Tomlinson.
- Trevor Lawrence ruled out of Sunday’s contest against Carolina, will miss first start in NFL (jacksonville.com) - Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence will miss the first NFL start of his career after being ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers with a right shoulder injury.
- Dolphins meet Ravens in ‘heavyweight fight’ that could decide road to Super Bowl (Miami Herald) - It was an early candidate for Game of the Year last season and what many thought was a glimpse of two teams who could meet later in the year when the stakes are much higher. Fifteen months after the thrilling victory, the Miami Dolphins are back in Baltimore with an opportunity for AFC supremacy.
- Why Mason Rudolph’s spotlight moment could have future meaning (ESPN) - Sitting at home without an NFL contract seven months ago, Mason Rudolph opened up a Microsoft Word document he hadn’t edited since his freshman year at Oklahoma State. It was time to update his résumé, he thought, with his life seeming to approach a crossroads.
What do you think about the team having a minimal celebration after their win on Thursday Night? Should they have gone bigger for a big accomplishment?