Browns coach Gregg Williams says Cleveland will treat Week 17 like a playoff game
The Cleveland Browns have a chance to put together a winning season for the first time since 2007 when they take on the Baltimore Ravens on the road next week, and Browns head coach Gregg Williams says the team will treat it like a playoff game, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk:
“We’ll treat this just like this is our playoff game,” Williams told reporters. “That’s how intense the game is going to be.”
The Browns not only have a chance to finish the season with a winning record, but they also have an opportunity to put a damper on a division rival’s playoff hopes.
The Ravens will enter next weekend with a record of 9-6 and a chance to win the AFC North division title, but with a loss, Baltimore could find itself out of the postseason completely.
Over the last 10 years, any team in the NFL would welcome a Week 17 matchup with Cleveland, as, most of the time, it would be an automatic win.
This season, though, things are quite a bit different, particularly since Williams took over as head coach midway through the year.
Since the Browns fired Hue Jackson and replaced him with Williams, the Browns have gone 5-2. They have also won three straight games and five of their last six, including a sweep of the Cincinnati Bengals and a road win over the Denver Broncos.
Cleveland is also looking for the season sweep of the Ravens, as the Browns beat Baltimore in overtime back on Oct. 7.