This isn’t the only dubious honor the Browns locked up with Sunday’s 30-16 loss to the Bengals. The Browns became the first team to start 0-11 in back-to-back seasons in 40 years. That hasn’t been done since the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pulled it off in 1976 and 1977.
But the Browns may still lock up another unfortunate distinction this season. They’re just five losses away from matching the 2008 Lions’ 0-16 record.
Misery loves company, and the Browns have some, at least. The 49ers and Giants were both eliminated from postseason contention on Sunday.
Jimmy Graham set a Seahawks tight end record by hauling in his 16th receiving touchdown with the franchise. That’s pretty good when you consider he’s only played in 38 games with Seattle.
Would the Lions replace Stafford in-game? Coach Jim Caldwell wasn’t answering that question Friday. All he would offer is that Stafford was “progressing” and that he threw the ball “decently” on Thursday.
The Falcons had a rocky time Sunday in a 14-9 loss to the Vikings, but got some good news Monday as cornerback Desmond Trufant has cleared the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Atlanta coach Dan Quinn told reporters Monday that Trufant would return to practice to prepare for Thursday’s game against the Saints.
Trufant suffered the concussion in a collision with teammate Keanu Neal the week before against the Buccaneers and left the game late in the first half.
The Falcons can certainly use Trufant against Drew Brees and the Saints’ high-powered offense. The 27-year-old corner leads the Falcons with two interceptions this season.
The Bears at least finished with eight first downs, but most concerning for them was their run game, which has averaged 120.4 yards per game all season. They finished with just 6 (SIX!) net yards in the loss to the Eagles.