NFL Nation reporters predict Browns will go 0-16 in 2017 – ESPN (blog)

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Hue Jackson might want to get the speedo ready.

When the 2016 ended, Jackson said there was no way the Cleveland Browns would go 1-15 again. If they did, he said people would find him swimming in Lake Erie.

Thursday, NFL Nation reporters for each team picked their team’s game-by-game results.

Browns fans got their wish on Christmas Eve in 2016 against the Chargers, but the predictions for 2017 are gloomy again. Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire

The reporters picking games against the Browns made Cleveland 0-16.

Winless. The Browns will not even beat the Jets, Bears or Jaguars.

Every reporter for the other teams picked their team to beat the Browns. Heck, even I gave them two wins.

They gave the Browns zero.

This puts me in the position of being the optimist. In picking the Browns game-by-game results, I gave them wins over the Jets and Jaguars. The rest of the world made them 0-16.

Does this matter? Technically, no. But a year ago NFL Nation writers picked their teams to win one game over the Browns — and that was over San Diego on Christmas Eve.

The Browns started the season by losing 14 in a row, then they beat San Diego on Christmas Eve. They finished 1-15; NFL Nation not only got the record right, it got the one win right.

The picks for teams playing the Browns reflects how a team is viewed around the league. It’s easy to make fun of a struggling team, and the Browns have redefined the word struggle. But they now are to the point that it’s nearly automatic: When your team plays the Browns, your team should expect to win. Your team will win.

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