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The Super Bowl Always Goes Thru Cleveland (1 Viewer)

BGP

Indians Fever
Every season since the Browns returned in 1999, the eventual super bowl champs have beaten the Cleveland Browns.

1999: Week 7, Browns @ Rams, Rams win 34-3.

2000: Week 5, Ravens @ Browns, Ravens win 12-0.

2000: Week 13, Browns @ Ravens, Ravens win 44-7.

2001: Week 13, Browns @ Patriots, Patriots win 27-16.

2002: Week 6, Browns @ Buccaneers, Buccaneers win 17-3.

2003: Week 8, Browns @ Patriots, Patriots win 9-3.

2004: Week 13, Patriots @ Browns, Patriots win 42-15.

Let's look at the 2005 Cleveland Browns schedule:

Week 1: Bengals

Week 2: @ Packers

Week 3: @ Colts

Week 4: BYE

Week 5: Bears

Week 6: @ Ravens

Week 7: Lions

Week 8: @ Texans

Week 9: Titans

Week 10: @ Steelers

Week 11: Dolphins

Week 12: @ Vikings

Week 13: Jaguars

Week 14: @ Bengals

Week 15: @ Raiders

Week 16: Steelers

Week 17: Ravens

Top Candidates:

Vikings: Until 2004, all champs had to beat the Browns as the home team. The Browns travel to Minnesota. The Vikings have made several major upgrades on defense leading to lots of speculation about a super bowl appearance this season.

Steelers: Goes without saying. When you go 15-1 a year ago, you naturally are a part of the Super Bowl picture. Bill Cowher did lose to Barry Switzer in the Super Bowl, making him ineligible to hold a Lombardi trophy, however.

Jaguars: Week 13 seems to have a special meaning in this series. Three times the club that beat the Browns in week 13 went on to win the Lombardi trophy. The Jaguars draw the Browns in week 13 this year. A cinderella story perhaps?

Colts: The Colts have had problems breaking thru in the AFC, always losing to the Patriots. But this year, the Patriots do NOT play the Browns and the Colts DO.

 
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CommuterMan

Footballguy
I think the Ravens have a legitimate shot at making the SB - it could be a reprise of 2000 when their defense and some timely plays carried them to the title...And they get to play the Browns twice again this year :P

 

-OZ-

Footballguy
My ranking in order of likelihood to win it all:Week 6: @ RavensWeek 10: @ SteelersWeek 13: JaguarsWeek 12: @ VikingsWeek 3: @ ColtsWeek 1: BengalsWeek 7: LionsWeek 2: @ PackersWeek 8: @ TexansWeek 15: @ RaidersWeek 5: BearsWeek 11: DolphinsWeek 9: Titans

 

Irish

Footballguy
Well duh, everybody beats the Browns. This is no real indicator of who will win the Superbowl. Steelers beat them 3 times in 1 year and didn't win the Superbowl.

 
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goonsquad

Think different.
Week 7: Lions

The Super Bowl is in Detroit this year... this could be the year! :football:

Joey Harrington Super Bowl MVP - you heard it here first. :excited:

 

BGP

Indians Fever
Well duh, everybody beats the Browns. This is no real indicator of who will win the Superbowl. Steelers beat them 3 times in 1 year and didn't win the Superbowl.
XI didn't say that beating the Browns guarantees you will win the super bowl. I said the the super bowl champ must beat the Browns. Please try to keep up.

In the Steelers' case, Cowher lost to Barry Switzer in the Super Bowl. Therefore, he is ineligible to hold a Lombardi trophy. I should have noted that in my first post. Maybe I'll go and edit it now.

 
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MelvinTScupper

Guest
Week 7: Lions

The Super Bowl is in Detroit this year... this could be the year! :football:

Joey Harrington Super Bowl MVP - you heard it here first. :excited:
This is bigger than the Derby.
 

Peyton Marino

Footballguy
What makes you think the Jags are a top candidate but the Ravens aren't?
Because the Ravens didn't draw the Browns in that critical week 13, silly.
:D I missed that when I first read the post. Ok, so assuming the Jags have the best shot to win because they drew the Browns in week 13, here's I rank the rest of the team's chances:Week 6: @ Ravens

Week 3: @ Colts

Week 12: @ Vikings

Week 1: Bengals

Week 10: @ Steelers

Week 7: Lions

Week 2: @ Packers

Week 8: @ Texans

Week 15: @ Raiders

Week 5: Bears

Week 11: Dolphins

Week 9: Titans

 
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DeCleater

Footballguy
The road to the Super Bowl actually went through Chris Palmer and Butch Davis, Crennel may be a better road block. :football:

 

Godsbrother

Footballguy
Well duh, everybody beats the Browns.  This is no real indicator of who will win the Superbowl.  Steelers beat them 3 times in 1 year and didn't win the Superbowl.
XI didn't say that beating the Browns guarantees you will win the super bowl. I said the the super bowl champ must beat the Browns. Please try to keep up.

In the Steelers' case, Cowher lost to Barry Switzer in the Super Bowl. Therefore, he is ineligible to hold a Lombardi trophy. I should have noted that in my first post. Maybe I'll go and edit it now.
Mike Shanahan, Mike Holmgren, Bill Parcells, George Seifert and even Jimmy Johnson all lost games to Barry Switzer.
 

ProudestMonkey

Footballguy
I'll throw out a homer pick and say that the Bengals are going to win it this year! They made improvements on defense with the addition of Pollack and Thurman.They've got a lot of talent and depth at the skill positions on offense - Palmer/Kitna at QB, Rudi/Chris Perry at RB, CJ/TJ/PW/Kelley Washington/Chris Henry/Tab Perry at WR.In the first year under Coach Lewis the team pulled out of a decade + tailspin. Last year they treaded water - not too bad considering their #2 WR (PW) was out for most of the year, they had a bit of an unproven commodity at RB and they essentially had a rookie QB at the helm. With more experience and more talent this year, I think the Bengals are poised to make the playoffs and so I'll go out on a limb and say that everything will click for them and they'll go all the way.Who Dey!

 

BGP

Indians Fever
Well let's take stock. Using this measauring stick with the 2005 results, who are the candidates to win the super bowl? (In order of the Browns' schedule)

Bengals - swept the Browns this year. Clinched their first division title since 1990. Heck, the Browns haven't even won a division title since 1989! The Bengals have some positives here. They draw the Steelers in the first round at home, and Cowher has never won a road playoff game. They wouldn't have to face the Colts until the AFC title game.

Colts - beat the Browns 13-6 in week 3. Have home field. Statiscally are probably the best team in the NFL.

Steelers - swept the Browns this year as well. Rallied to win a playoff spot in 2005.

Jaguars - beat the Browns 20-14 in that oh-so critical week 13. Week 13 wins over the Browns have been extra special when projecting super bowl champs. Hey, its a team that seems focused on good defense and running the football. They overcame the loss of their starting QB and still went 12-4.

Interestingly, the Browns beat the Bears 20-10 this year.

 
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Frenchy Fuqua

Footballguy
BGP- Got to be killing you that Cowher's Steelers are the lone remaining playoff team to play and beat the Browns this year.

 

SSOG

Moderator
Here's a wacky stat for you wacky stat lovers that I GUARANTEE will continue at least one more year.Every time the Broncos have beaten the Steelers in the postseason, they've gone to the superbowl. Based on that stat, I *GUARANTEE* you that if the Broncos beat the Steelers this weekend, they're going to make it all the way to the superbowl.Take it to the bank.

 

kupcho1

Footballguy
Here's a wacky stat for you wacky stat lovers that I GUARANTEE will continue at least one more year.

Every time the Broncos have beaten the Steelers in the postseason, they've gone to the superbowl. Based on that stat, I *GUARANTEE* you that if the Broncos beat the Steelers this weekend, they're going to make it all the way to the superbowl.

Take it to the bank.
:goosebumps:
 

BGP

Indians Fever
BGP- Got to be killing you that Cowher's Steelers are the lone remaining playoff team to play and beat the Browns this year.
Yeah it looks like the pressure is on Cowher to keep the streak intact.
 

hobbes4

Footballguy
Great call BGP, glad to see the Browns on the Steelers schedule again in 2006!
Well let's see who is in the running next year:Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals

Pittsburgh Steelers

Denver Broncos

Oakland Raiders

Kansas City Chiefs

San Diego Chargers

New Orleans Saints

Atlanta Falcons

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Carolina Panthers

New York Jets

Houston Texans

My top 3 pre-offseason:

1. KC Chiefs

2. Carolina Panthers

3. Atlanta Falcons

 

Big

Footballguy
Great call BGP, glad to see the Browns on the Steelers schedule again in 2006!
Well let's see who is in the running next year:Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals

Pittsburgh Steelers

Denver Broncos

Oakland Raiders

Kansas City Chiefs

San Diego Chargers

New Orleans Saints

Atlanta Falcons

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Carolina Panthers

New York Jets

Houston Texans

My top 3 pre-offseason:

1. KC Chiefs

2. Carolina Panthers

3. Atlanta Falcons
FINALLY the Saints year! Yes!
 
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