Browns Beat the Jags, Secure First Non-Losing Season in 12 Years

Browns' QB Baker Mayfield. Photo by Gregory Vasil/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

It took 12 years for it to happen, but Cleveland Browns finally won’t have a losing NFL season on their hands.

In a tightly contested match against the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars, the Browns managed to get a 27-24 win and improve to an 8-3 record. In the worst-case scenario, Cleveland will finish the season at least at 8-8, which would still be better than anything they’ve done since 2007.

The Browns finished the 2007 campaign with a 10-6 record but failed to make the playoff thanks to being on the losing end of a tie-breaker with the Pittsburgh Steelers that year. Since then, the Browns never won more than seven games in a single season.

After snapping the second-largest losing seasons streak in NFL history, the Browns now also want to end the longest active playoff drought in the league. Cleveland last made the postseason in 2002.

“We still haven’t played our best ball yet, and I truly believe that,” said quarterback Baker Mayfield, who finished the game against Jaguars by completing 65.5 percent of his passes while throwing for 258 yards and two touchdowns.

Browns have a good chance of making the playoffs this season, considering the extended postseason format in 2020. They are set for several challenging games, notably against Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, but also get two breaks by playing winless NY Jets and not-so-good New York Giants by the end of the season.