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NFL world reacts to Cleveland Browns winning 10 games for second time since Bill Belichick was their head coach

Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns have 10 wins.
Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

It’s happened. It is now officially the end of times. The Cleveland Browns have won 10 games in a single season for just the second time since Bill Belichick was their head coach back in 1994.

The Cleveland Browns took out an inferior New York Giants team on “Sunday Night Football” Week 15 by the score of 20-6. It was pretty much the defense and one Baker Mayfield who showed up to play big time in this game.

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Cleveland Browns win 10th game of the season

Mayfield completed 27-of-32 passes for 297 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions, representing pretty much another flawless effort from the former No. 1 overall pick. Meanwhile, the questionable Cleveland Browns defense held backup Giants quarterback Colt McCoy and Co. to a measly six points in moving to 10-4 on the season.

The Cleveland Browns, led by Baker Mayfield, have 10 wins.
Dec 20, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) drops back to pass against the New York Giants during the first quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The last time these Browns won 10 games in the season, Romeo Crennel was their head coach back in 2007. Mayfield was a mere 12 years old. Prior to that, the Cleveland Browns had not earned double-digit victories since all the way back in 1994 when Bill Belichick (yes, that one) was manning the sidelines in Cleveland. New Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski was also 12 years old back then.

It’s not hard to be excited about what we’ve seen from the Browns this season. They are fun to watch. They are extremely talented. They are up-and-coming. Fans are excited.

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NFL world reacts to Cleveland Browns winning 10th game of the season

Cleveland Browns playoff scenarios

Despite this win, the Cleveland Browns are not out of the woods just yet. They are currently the fifth seed in the AFC with a 10-4 record, tied with the Indianapolis Colts. Cleveland is also just one game ahead of the division-rival Baltimore Ravens and has already been swept by Lamar Jackson’s squad.

However, there’s a ton of tremendous news on this front. Cleveland gets to take on a one-win New York Jets team next week before closing up shop with a home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 17. If the Browns are able to win next week with Baltimore losing to the New York Giants, they’ll clinch just their third playoff appearance since 1989.

The better news? Baker Mayfield is playing out of his mind. The third-year quarterback has responded to critics by tallying 16 total touchdowns against two interceptions over the past eight games. Yeah, it’s a good time to be a Cleveland Browns fan.

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