Monday, December 31, 2007

Winning to lose

After a great season that was more successful than anybody's wildest dreams, I guess I shouldn't revert to the all too familiar "woe-is-me" post, but I'm a Browns fan so it is what comes naturally to me.

We won 10 games (and at least our 10 wins all came against teams that were trying to win . . .) and yet are sitting at home this January. Here is a list of the number of teams who finished either 10-6 or 9-7 and did not make the playoffs. This goes back to the 1990 season, when the 12 team playoffs were put into place.

Season 10-6 9-7
2007 1 -
2006 - 1
2005 1 4
2004 - 3
2003 1 1
2002 - 4
2001 - 1
2000 - 4
1999 - 1
1998 - -
1997 - 1
1996 - 2
1995 - 1
1994 - 2
1993 - 1
1992 - 2
1991 2 -
1990 - 2

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

What really sucks is that we get the schedule dificulty of a 10-6 team next season without the one benefit a 10-6 team usually gets, a trip to the playoffs.

What price would I pay to get that Oakland, Pittsburgh 2 or Arizona game back.

bob avogadro said...

I would love to take credit for this homework, but I can't, so many props to swk (thanks, man!). Here is a forecast schedule based on the pre-determined division matchups and the Browns' record this year (with opp. 2007 win percentage):

-----------------------------
>Home
>
>Baltimore Ravens 5-11
>Cincinnati Bengals 7-9
>Pittsburgh Steelers 10-6
>Houston Texans 8-8
>Indianapolis Colts 13-3
>Dallas Cowboys 13-3
>New York Giants 10-6
>Denver Broncos 7-9
>
>Away
>
>Baltimore Ravens 5-11
>Cincinnati Bengals 7-9
>Pittsburgh Steelers 10-6
>Jacksonville Jaguars 11-5
>Tennessee Titans 10-6
>Philadelphia Eagles 8-8
>Washington Redskins 9-7
>Buffalo Bills 7-9
>
>140-116 : Winning Percentage 0.547
>This should be the 2nd highest strength of schedule behind the Steelers.
>(Last Year: 130-126 Winning Percentage 0.508 Ranked 12th...Raiders had 0.539 to lead the pack.)

>Our draft pick is actually after Tampa Bay and the Redskins who made the playoffs in the NFC (22nd).

additionally, swk sent this addendum with this years' strength of schedule

>Steelers 10-6
>Bengals 7-9
>Raiders 4-12
>Ravens 5-11
>Patriots 16-0
>Dolphins 1-15
>Rams 3-13
>Seahawks 10-6
>Steelers 10-6
>Ravens 11-5
>Texans 8-8
>Cardinals 8-8
>Jets 4-12
>Bills 7-9
>Bengals 7-9
>49ers 5-11
>
>116-140
>0.453
>
>(Before season low was Cardinals .461)


yowza.