It's no secret that the Cleveland Browns have been one of the worst teams in North American sports for over two decades, but they have a chance to end an embarrassing 25-year drought this Sunday.
Following a sloppy 21-21 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, the Browns escaped Week 1 without a loss for the first time in 14 years. Now, what if they upset Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints on the road this Sunday?
As pointed out by Reddit user JaguarGator9, a win or tie against the Saints would make Cleveland undefeated through two weeks for the first time since 1993. Hard to believe, but it's true.
That year, the Browns were coached by the legendary Bill Belichick, and they managed to win their first three games. However, Cleveland would slump in the second half, and they finished with a porous 7-9 record. And yet, that '93 team is the last Browns squad to go undefeated through the first two weeks.
After the 1995 season, the Browns were moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens. The league deactivated Cleveland for the 1996, '97 and '98 seasons, but they returned to operations in the 1999 season. And since that year, the Browns only have one Week 1 victory, a 20-3 win vs. the Ravens in 2004.
Cleveland was oh-so-close to upsetting the Steelers in Week 1, but kicker Zane Gonzalez had his game-winning field goal blocked in the final seconds of overtime. But really, Browns fans were probably okay with a tie, given that it ended a horrid 14-year drought and came against the AFC powerhouse Steelers.
The Saints were upset by Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at home by a score of 48-40 in Week 1. That should definitely give Browns fans some hope for Sunday, and let's remember this team has won its last two meetings against Brees and the Saints.