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The Cleveland Browns have been an awful franchise since returning to Cleveland in 1999, but somehow they continue to one-up themselves. 


Last season, they became only the second franchise to ever go 0-16 in a season and are 1-31-1 in their last 33 games. It's a statement to how astoundingly bad they've been that their Week 1 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers ​felt like a massive victory, if only because they didn't lose. 


Seriously, it's impossible to overstate how bad they've been. 

In fact, not losing in Week 1 gave the Browns their ​best start since 2004, the only year since returning to Cleveland that the Browns won their opener and started 1-0. The 2004 Browns lost their Week 2 game against the Dallas Cowboys, 19-12, and would go on to finish the season 4-12.

However, the 2018 Browns are still "undefeated" and to find a Browns start where they didn't lose in either of their first two games, we have to go all the way back to 1993 when Bill Belichick and the Cleveland Browns started the season 3-0. If you're wondering how that season ended, the Browns finished 7-9, losing seven of their final nine games. Two years later, the franchise would leave and become the Baltimore Ravens.

So needless to say, there's plenty on the line for Cleveland when they take on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Maybe the Browns can finally start exorcising some of those demons.  


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