Browns’ inauspicious start joins just 2 other teams in Super Bowl era
The 2022 season has been extremely negative for Cleveland Browns fans. The team barely beat the Carolina Panthers in Week 1, lost a (seemingly) insurmountable lead to the New York Jets in Week 2, had to hold against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Thursday Night Football, was beaten by an understaffed Atlanta Falcons team and blew their Week 5 game against the Los Angeles Chargers, twice.
In those five games, the Browns entered the 4th quarter with a lead. Somehow they came out of those five games with just two wins.
It was hard for the fans to bear. It might have been better for their stress level if their favorite team wasn’t able to win every game only to fail more often than they succeeded. If this sounds particularly difficult for fans, it’s:
The Eagles, 49ers and Browns joined 82 other Super Bowl-era teams in taking the lead in the 4th quarter of their first five games.
Only 3 of the 85 teams have come out of these games with less than three wins:
• 1999 Saints (1-4)
• ’15 Seahawks (2-3)
• ’22 Browns (2-3) pic.twitter.com/xeHNGzeKaK
—Anthony Reinhard (@reinhardNFL) October 13, 2022
Three times in the Super Bowl era! Thrice!
Based on the above historical data, Cleveland should be 5-0. At worst, they should to be 4-1 like 71 of the 85 teams that were in the same position as the Browns to start the 2022 season.
There could be many reasons why Cleveland couldn’t finish things, but clearly the failure is unique and statistically unlikely to have happened.
Looking at the other two teams mentioned above, the 1999 Saints finished the year at 3-13, but the 2015 Seahawks turned things around to qualify for the playoffs with a 10-6 record.
Will the Browns continue to fail like the Saints or will they turn the tide like the Seahawks?