Sunday, October 14, 2012
Browns aim to avoid team record for futility
By Jamison Hensley
The Browns are looking to avoid setting a new team low in futility Sunday.
After dropping 11 consecutive games, the Browns need one more defeat for the longest losing streak in team history. This is a franchise that began playing in 1946. Cleveland, which hasn't won since Nov. 20, 2011, could set the mark in the final game with Randy Lerner as owner. On Tuesday, the NFL has scheduled a vote to approve the sale of the Browns from Lerner to Jimmy Haslam III.
In this instance, the Browns are hoping that history repeats itself. The only other time that the Browns lost 11 games in a row was 1974-75. That streak ended with a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at home. Who do the Browns play Sunday? It just so happens to be the Bengals at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Cleveland is now 68-145 (.319) since re-joining the NFL as a franchise in 1999. The Browns (0-5) are the NFL's only winless team this season.