The Cleveland Browns are currently the most hapless team in the league at 0-4, and no one would want to be in their shoes. Every other team has already broken into the winning column. They had their chances, and they somehow found a way to squander it.
In their game last Sunday, they had the Washington Redskins on the ropes late in the game, but have managed to fall back to their usual selves and allowed another end-game collapse. And, fans could almost see that coming. It's not hard to predict, judging the games against Baltimore and Miami.
And, it seems like the football Gods aren't smiling on them just yet. The Browns are set to face the New England Patriots at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday, with Tom Brady returning to the fold.
Browns vs Patriots on Sunday
Tom Brady is coming off the NFL-sanctioned suspension as a penalty for his involvement in the much talked about football scandal known as the "deflategate." He missed out on on the first four games of the Patriots and is set for a comeback just in time for the Sunday showdown at the FirstEnergy Stadium.
And, that's not something that you need if you are the reeling Browns--- not the most successful NFL team in recent history; not the three-time Super Bowl MVP. Fans can expect Brady to play his best after sitting out the first few games.
The numbers are not on the side of Browns, as well. The Patriots have not lost games in succession for the longest time. In the last 13 seasons, New England just lost six back-to-back games. So coming off a loss in their last game, one can also expect a bounce-back game from the team.
The Browns Could Use the Game to Get Better
For a young team like Cleveland, it's important to take in as much experience from the games, no matter what the results are. They are still learning and it's apparent in their losses that came because of their own mistakes.
"It's just, the team that makes the less mistakes in crunch time wins the game," linebacker Christian Kirksey said. "That's basically what we need to work on, eliminating mistakes. We're not going to go into any panic mode or anything like that. We've just got to understand that, in critical moments like that, we can't have mistakes."
The schedule won't get any better for the Browns as they are set to take on the Patriots, Bengals, and Cowboys over their next five games.