The end of the season games may appear to be an insane objective for the 5-6 Cleveland Browns. However, three straight successes, a great up and coming timetable to complete out the season and an absence of good groups in the AFC all make the postseason a more reasonable result than you may might think.
The AFC wild-card picture is packed after the Week 12 Sunday results. At this moment, the Browns sit at the No. 10 seed, gazing toward four groups with 6-5 records. One of those is the Pittsburgh Steelers, whom Cleveland faces in Week 13.
Pittsburgh as of now holds the No. 6 seed, the last season finisher spot. They would prevail upon sudden death rounds the Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts dependent on meeting record. In the event that the Browns win in Pittsburgh on Sunday, they’ll claim the sudden death round with Pittsburgh dependent on sweeping the Steelers.
Alas, the image is more confused than that. Straight on possibly matters when there are only two groups included. Be that as it may, the Browns are glancing generally excellent in any multi-group tie, as well. Like Pittsburgh, the Browns are at present 5-3 against AFC rivals. A success over the Steelers holds onto that sudden death round for Cleveland.
There are still heaps of results that will weigh into the race throughout the following five weeks. The Titans and Colts play in Week 13, and afterward Tennessee visits Oakland the next Sunday. The Jaguars, Chargers and Jets are each of the 4-7 and still alive, as well.
Football Outsiders figures the Browns’ season finisher chances at 26.4 percent. At FiveThirtyEight, the chances are 30 percent. Their intuitive apparatus enables some capacity to extend forward, so they ran a situation of results for Week 13.
The Browns’ chances jump to 54 percent with the accompanying hypothetical outcomes this coming week:
Cleveland beats Pittsburgh
Tennessee beats Indianapolis
Kansas City beats Oakland
It goes up to 57 percent if the Cowboys knock off the 8-3 Buffalo Bills, the present wild-card pioneers.