Browns Get Win No. 10, Inch Closer To First Playoff Berth Since 2002

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Sunday night was a big moment for the Cleveland Browns. They secured a 20-6 victory over the New York Giants and improved their record to 10-4. They now sit with double-digit wins for the first time since 2007.

It’s a monumental achievement for the franchise, but it’s not the most significant of this season. The Browns are also closing in on their first playoff berth since 2002. The win over the Giants was another important step in that pursuit.

Once again, Baker Mayfield showed substantial improvement over his play earlier in the season. He completed 84.4 percent of his 32 pass attempts for 297 yards and two touchdowns with no turnovers.

In the month of December, the former No. 1 overall pick has averaged 324.7 yards while throwing eight touchdowns and only one interception. He’s also completed 71.4 percent of his passes while averaging 8.7 yards per attempt.

This is a quarterback playing like he’s ready to carry his team to postseason success.

The running back duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt has been nothing to write home about, but it will continue to be a major part of the offense’s success. And it’s certainly going to take pressure off Mayfield.

Hopefully, the injuries sustained by offensive lineman Chris Hubbard and defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson aren’t serious, but we haven’t received word either way.

Things are obviously trending in the right direction for Cleveland, but the opposite can be said for the Giants. After starting the season 1-7, they then went on a four-game win streak to close in on .500.

Since then, they’ve lost two straight by a combined score of 46-13.

Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and quarterback Daniel Jones both missed the game yesterday. Their absence contributed to a rough offensive outing. The unit produced only 288 yards and six points, which is obviously not acceptable.

With the Baltimore Ravens and Dallas Cowboys left on the schedule, a best-case scenario of 7-9 seems unlikely.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and


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