Following the thrilling 17-16 victory in Denver, the Cleveland Browns remain very much alive in the AFC playoff race. Even though the team sits with a 6-7-1 record, that’s good enough to keep postseason aspirations alive.
In fact, the Browns still have a shot at winning the AFC North. Here’s how that would happen:
Browns win the final two games (vs. CIN, at BAL). Pittsburgh loses out. Baltimore loses twice, including the Week 17 matchup.
It’s unlikely but not impossible.
The wild card is a little more viable, though it still requires some assistance. Cleveland is 10th in the AFC standings, behind a cluster of teams with seven wins:
Baltimore Pittsburgh Indianapolis Miami Tennessee
Because the Browns can only get to eight wins, they’ll need some losses from those other teams along the way. There is only one wild-card spot available for all those teams, with both Kansas City and Los Angeles in the West already clinching with 11 wins.