Cleveland Browns November 2023 Schedule and Playoff Chances Update

October 31, 2023

Todd Hall

This Month 2 Home Games and 2 Road Games

November Home and Away Schedule

Playoff Chances Stats

Looking Forward: Browns’ Playoff Prospects

Following two consecutive victories and one of the strongest records in the AFC, the Cleveland Browns find themselves in an excellent position to launch a playoff campaign, irrespective of their quarterback situation. Accumulating 10 wins should almost guarantee the Browns a playoff berth, requiring them to only secure six wins in their remaining 11 games. This achievement seems quite achievable when assessing their upcoming matchups.

After facing off against the Seahawks, Cardinals, Ravens, and Steelers, the Browns will conclude their season with games against the Broncos, Rams, Bears, Texans, Jets, and Bengals. Notably, all these opponents currently hold records at or below .500 as of Week 5. In comparison to the rest of the NFL, the Browns have one of the less challenging schedules remaining, positioning them as serious playoff contenders if they can secure most of their remaining contests.

Do the Browns Stand a Chance at Playoff Success?

Absolutely, the Browns are viable contenders for a playoff berth in the 2023 season. As we stand, all 32 teams maintain a chance to make the playoffs, with only six weeks completed in the season. The Browns currently boast a 67.2% implied probability, ranking fourth in the AFC for playoff odds. Bookmakers anticipate the Browns competing for a top wild card position and potentially making a push for divisional supremacy.

Are the Browns Excluded from Playoff Consideration?

No, the Browns are far from eliminated from playoff contention. Following their Week 7 victory over the Colts, the Browns sport a 4-2 record. Their prospects can further improve if they extend their winning streak to three games in the upcoming match against the Seahawks on the road.

What’s the Browns’ Position in the AFC North?

The Cleveland Browns (+300) hold the second-shortest odds in their division. It’s worth noting that the Browns have never clinched the AFC North title. Their last divisional triumph was in 1989 when they secured the AFC Central over the Oilers, Steelers, and Bengals. For the last 15 seasons, the Browns have consistently finished in third or fourth place within the AFC North.

The Baltimore Ravens (+115) possess the shortest odds to clinch the division, having won the AFC North six times, with their most recent title occurring in 2019.

The Pittsburgh Steelers (+400) are third in line in terms of odds to win the division, having claimed the AFC North title nine times, with their most recent victory in 2020.

The Cincinnati Bengals (+475) have the longest odds in the division. This is a notable shift, considering they began the season as favorites. Despite their odds, they’ve won the division title and reached the AFC Championship in each of the last two seasons.

Where Do the Cleveland Browns Stand in the AFC Standings?

According to odds from DraftKings sportsbook, the Browns are expected to finish sixth in the AFC.

What’s the Browns’ Position in the AFC Wild Card Race?

Bookmakers anticipate the Browns being strong contenders for a wild card spot in the AFC. The Bills, Bengals, and Chargers are perceived as their top competitors for a wild-card seed.

Is the No. 1 Seed Attainable for the Browns?

The Browns have a shot at securing the No. 1 seed, though they must significantly surpass expectations and compete with the Chiefs, Ravens, and Dolphins, who are currently viewed as the AFC’s powerhouses. The Browns have clinched the No. 1 seed only once in their franchise history, which was in 1986 with Bernie Kosar as their starting quarterback. Over the past two decades, they’ve reached the playoffs only once, entering as the seventh seed in the AFC during the 2020 season.

Who Should Browns Fans Be Rooting For?

Cleveland Browns fans should, without a doubt, be rooting against their AFC North divisional rivals, including the Bengals, Ravens, and Steelers.

Outside of the division, they should be cheering against other strong AFC contenders who have favorable playoff odds. Following Week 7, the Chiefs, Dolphins, Bills, and Jaguars all maintain similar or better playoff odds compared to the Browns. Additionally, the Bills, Chargers, and Bengals are also considered primary contenders for wild-card positions if they fail to secure divisional titles.

Cleveland Browns’ Postseason Prospects and Predictions

The Browns find themselves in a favorable position to break into the playoffs for the first time since 2020. However, to be considered a safe bet for the postseason, they must maintain their dominant defensive performance and establish greater offensive consistency. Currently, the Browns possess the league’s top defense after seven weeks, but their offense ranks 20th, and they’ve grappled with subpar quarterback play. While they’ve managed to win games, substantial offensive improvement is needed for them to be seen as genuine playoff threats.

The Browns have reached the playoffs only once in the past 20 years and haven’t advanced beyond the divisional round since 1989. After making the playoffs in their first season under head coach Kevin Stefanski in 2020, they’ve endured back-to-back losing seasons, concluding the 2022 season with a 7-10 record and a last-place finish in the AFC North.

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