- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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It's taken 329 days but the Cleveland Browns are winners again.
The 11-game losing streak, which tied a franchise worst, is over. The 12-game losing stretch in the AFC North is done. The four-game losing skid at home is now gone.
There will be a change of ownership on Tuesday -- Jimmy Haslam III is expected to be voted in by the NFL owners -- and the Browns can only hope that Sunday's 34-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals can signal a change in fortunes.
The Browns (1-5) became the last NFL team to notch a win this season, but they have been on the verge all season. They were within one touchdown throw by Brandon Weeden to tie Baltimore on Sept. 27 and jumped out to a 14-0 lead at the New York Giants last Sunday.
Cleveland wasn't going to be denied this time. The Browns could have easily crumbled when running back Trent Richardson left in the third quarter with a rib injury. Instead, the Browns scored 24 points without him behind backup running back Montario Hardesty.
"You put a bunch of men together to go out and play a game so that you can feel the joy of winning, so when it happens, it’s terrific," coach Pat Shurmur said. "Not so much for me, but for my family, the players, really everybody who goes to work on Monday morning. Monday’s feel better when you win a game.”
The next challenge for the Browns isn't to end a losing streak but build a winning one. Cleveland hasn't won consecutive games since Sept. 2011.
It's taken 329 days but the Cleveland Browns are winners again.The 11-game losing streak, which tied a franchise worst, is over. The 12-game losing stretch in the AFC North is done.