Sunday, December 16, 2007
We still have a week or so before a playoff spot is confirmed, but this is a huge win for Cleveland. They maintained momentum from last week, fought through crazy weather, and defended their home turf against a rising Buffalo squad. And Jamal Lewis got 163 yards in the ice and snow, which is amazing. None of this makes them the Patriots, but these are the kinds of things a young team needs to do, and this game is another step in the team's development. It also guarantees a winning record for the first time since 2002, but unlike that Butch Davis group, this Browns season is exciting because it feels like the result of good, slow work by coach Romeo Crennel and GM Phil Savage to really build a team for the future. And that feeling hasn't been part of football in Cleveland for twenty years.