So after witnessing the Cleveland Browns over the Cincinnati Bengals and seeing the Detroit Lions playing meaningful games in November, I have to start wondering if this is the year that all current NFL teams will have made a Super Bowl.
Both teams have a lot of history being the two dominate teams in the 1950’s. From 1952 to 1957, the Lions and Browns faced each other 4 times for the NFL Championship with the Lions winning 3 out 4.
Since then, the Lions have been snake-bit. They haven’t been to a championship game in 56 years. In those years, the Lions 11 playoff appearances winning only once. That’s about all the re-hash I’m going to do since I am trying to only look forward with these guys.
Browns fared better since 1957…They appeared in 23 playoff games winning 7 of them including their last championship in 1964.
They also had a very dark period in their franchise when Art Modell moved the team to Baltimore and renamed them the Ravens. For three long years, Cleveland was without a football team.
But the NFL did a real smart move in rewarding a franchise to Cleveland but unfortunately, while keeping all of the Browns history, they were nothing more than an expansion team for a few years.
So here we sit with the Lions at 6-3 in first place atop the NFC North and Cleveland, also with a 6-3 record, in 2nd place in the AFC North.
I don’t know about anyone else but right now, I am conflicted. I want both teams to be in the Super Bowl but I don’t want the Lions to be the last ones in. The perfect scenario would be to see them in this years Super Bowl…and while I would be rooting for the Lions to win it, it really wouldn’t break my heart if the Browns took it…provided the Lions went back the following year to get theirs.
But it would be the best of everything to finally see two long suffering teams finally get their chance at the golden ring.
Sorry Browns fans…Go Lions!