The city of Cleveland has been pretty spoiled this year. The Cavaliers overcame a 3-1 Finals deficit to win the first NBA championship in franchise history, and the Indians are in the World Series for the first time since 1948.
But then there are the Browns, who are winless at 0-7. The Browns could finish with their worst record since 1999, when they went a franchise-worst 2-14.
“The hardest thing is you forget what it takes to win a game,” Pro Football Hall of Famer James Lofton said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Not only are they 0-7, they were 0-4 during the preseason. So this team, assembled the way it is, has not won a game. I don’t know if they had an inter-squad scrimmage and one team beat the other. That would be the only time they’ve had any type of celebration. So everybody’s talking about it – your family, your friends, talk radio. You are the afterthought of afterthoughts in that city right now with the Cavaliers coming back, with the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. So you could get a win and nobody might even notice.”
The Browns host the Jets (2-5) this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
Switching to the NFC, Lofton, a former first-round pick and eight-time Pro Bowl receiver, has been throughly impressed by the play of Dak Prescott, especially since he has been without Dez Bryant. Dallas’ leading receivers are Cole Beasley, who has 33 catches for 390 yards and three touchdowns, and Terrance Williams, who has 20 catches for 311 yards and one score.
Bryant (knee) has not played since Sept. 25 but expects to give it a go this Sunday night against Philadelphia (4-2).
“You’ve had to go to all the other guys, not your star power,” Lofton said. “So now Dez Bryant comes back, so what’s the expectation level there? Is it four or five passes a game? Is it 10, 11 targets? I think if they’re smart – and they have been smart so far – because they’ve used everyone. They’ve used all the extra players, and they’ve done a good job with it. The defense has played well the last couple games. They don’t give up a lot of points. But Dak Prescott – the guy is completing almost 70 percent of his passes, so he’s making good, smart decisions.”
Kickoff against the Eagles is at 8:30 p.m. ET.