After another sweat-inducing win over the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend, one of the anchors of the Browns' offensive line, Wyatt Teller summed up the team's win by nail-biting results to this point in the season:
40-point wins sure sound much less stressful than the close games the Browns have been producing. The truth is though, in the NFL the differences between two teams are marginal, making the room for error razor thin. How your team responds when their backs are against the wall is good evidence of how far they will go in a season.
This Browns team is one of the toughest in the league and they are a group that will never quit no matter the situation.
Cleveland is 4-2 in one-score games this season. The two losses were the result of a strip sack scoop and score in Pittsburgh and a helmet-tip interception in Seattle. Regardless of how those two went, the other four have been unique in their own right.
Think back to the comeback win against the Colts, the defensive stop against the 49ers, and the two walk-off kicks against the Ravens and Steelers. Each one-score game has its own story of this Browns answering the call when it mattered most.
As the number of relevant teams shrinks during the home stretch of the season, the Cleveland Browns have already established themselves as team no one will want to face in the playoffs. Even though they are arguably the most injured team in the NFL, they simply do not quit.
Cleveland could have closed up shop in Week 2 when their best player went down. They could have done it again the first time they lost Deshaun Watson and certainly the second time, which ended his season. But, they didn't and they have responded to every ounce of adversity that's come their way.
No matter who is playing for Cleveland, opponents should show up ready for a fist fight, because that's what they are going to get from these scrappy Cleveland Browns.