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Mediocrity is mediocrity. You can’t hide it, especially in the NFC East, where being mediocre is a compliment.

This, however, isn’t about those weaklings. It’s about teams many thought might be making moves toward relevance in the standings: New England, Minnesota, San Francisco, Chicago. Maybe even Detroit and Atlanta.

The Chicago Bears and the Cleveland Browns straddle the fence of contender or pretender. With a good chunk of NFL Week 6 action in the books, it's time to look at a handful of playoff-contending t. Cleveland Browns vs. Chicago Bears Results. The following is a list of all regular season and postseason games played between the Cleveland Browns and Chicago Bears. The two teams have met each other 16 times, with the Cleveland Browns winning 9 games and the Chicago Bears winning 7 games.

Never mind.

Thanksgiving week is here, which means the stretch run to the playoffs is at hand. Even with the extra wild card in each conference, it’s a pipe dream to rely on those half-dozen teams.

Neither the 49ers (4-6), the most injury-ravaged team in the NFL, nor the Bears (5-5), the most offensively inept, played this week. Barring almost inhumanly quick health improvement for San Francisco, it won’t come close to defending its NFC title, particularly in the NFC West, where everyone else decidedly isn’t mediocre.

As for Chicago, it’s not unreasonable to see the Bears go from 5-1 to the bottom of the NFC North, which other than Green Bay decidedly is mediocre.

New England might be the most disappointing of these underperformers, though losing the main reason it won six Super Bowls, Tom Brady, is significant enough to cause a major step backward.

Those who believed the Patriots were progressing after a down-to-the-wire win over the winless Jets and a home victory in nasty weather against a now-slumping Baltimore can’t be buoyed by Sunday’s defeat at Houston. Yes, a Texans club whose only two previous victories were over the second-worst team in the league, Jacksonville.

“It’s disappointing, but we’ll turn the page here and move on,” New England coach Bill Belichick said. “(I) still have a lot of confidence and belief in the team. If we just do things a little bit better, then the results will be different and better. But, I don’t know, we just couldn’t do it today.”

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Then there are the Vikings, who started 1-5 before they won three straight division games. A home victory over the struggling Cowboys could have established Minnesota’s place in the playoff chase. Instead, inconsistency on both sides of the ball led to an ugly loss.

“There are positives to point to,” quarterback Kirk Cousins said, “but ultimately when you don’t win, you leave the stadium feeling sick to your stomach.”

Indeed, nausea often accompanies mediocrity.

Then there are the Falcons and Lions, really outsiders to join in the postseason chase even before Sunday. Atlanta had won three of four under interim coach Raheem Morris after an 0-5 start. So it lost to a quarterback making his first NFL start, Taysom Hill, and the Saints, in a relative blowout. The Lions were even worse, getting blanked for the first time in 11 years at Carolina, which broke a five-game slide using a QB also in his first NFL start, P.J. Walker.

Hill mainly has been a special-teamer and Walker’s last start was in the XFL.

“We have really good guys here,” embattled Lions coach Matt Patricia said when asked if he feels as though he’s losing the locker room. “We have guys who are fighting every day and working really hard. That’s the one thing – I just love this locker room. These guys are strong; they want to win. They’re trying to compete. They’re trying to do everything right.”

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Maybe they are just too mediocre to achieve that.

Also stumbling in Week 11 was Miami, which had won five straight but lost at Denver. The Dolphins’ defense is for real, and they are well coached. But they lack maturity.

That said, they seem much more solid than the collection of current pretenders mentioned above.

Finally, there’s the case of the Cleveland Browns, who are 7-3 and quite possibly headed to 10 or 11 victories and ending the league’s longest playoff drought — since the Browns’ only such appearance during their reincarnation, in 2002.

Philadelphia, one of those NFC East weaklings, pretty much handed the Browns their win Sunday. Other than taking down Indianapolis before the Colts began their turnaround, Cleveland has beaten the dregs of the NFL: Cincinnati twice, Washington, Dallas, Houston and Philly. None of those teams has won more than three times in 2020. The losses were against Pittsburgh, Baltimore and Las Vegas — all legit.

Ahead for the Browns are Jacksonville, the Giants and Jets, which all should be wins. Plus Tennessee, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, which based on the Browns’ track record, figure to be losses.

So being mediocre just might have its benefits.


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Ruben Brown
No. 74, 79
Personal information
Born:February 13, 1972 (age 48)
Englewood, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:300 lb (136 kg)
Career information
High school:Lynchburg (VA) Glass
NFL Draft:1995 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
Career history
  • Buffalo Bills (1995–2003)
  • Chicago Bears (2004–2007)
Career highlights and awards
  • 9× Pro Bowl (1996–2003, 2006)
  • 4× Second-team All-Pro (1998–2000, 2002)
  • USA Today High School All-American (1989)
  • 3× All-Big East (1992–1994)
Career NFL statistics
Games played:181
Games started:181
Fumbles recovered:2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

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Ruben Parnell Brown (born February 13, 1972) is a former American footballguard who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons. He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills 14th overall in the 1995 NFL Draft. He played college football at Pittsburgh.

Brown played nine seasons for the Bills and four more for the Chicago Bears, starting all 181 games in which he played. He was a four-time All-Pro and nine-time Pro Bowl selection, including eight consecutive Pro Bowl selections with the Bills from 1996 to 2003. He is the older brother of former NFL linebacker Cornell Brown.

Brown attended E. C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Virginia.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Brown gained acclaim as the starting left guard for the Buffalo Bills. Brown was named to eight consecutive AFCPro Bowl teams from 1996 to 2003.

Brown was also a 4 time 2nd team All Pro.

Brown also played in the infamous “Home run throw back” game against the Titans.

Was honored 3 times as the Bills’ nominee for the Walter Payton Man of The Year award.

Chicago Bears[edit]

Brown then signed with the Chicago Bears in 2004. That season, he started only nine games due to injuries. He had a revival in his career in the 2006 season after the Bears made Super Bowl XLI, and was named to the 2007 Pro Bowl. In 2007, Brown played in 8 games before being placed on injured reserve by the Bears on November 8, 2007 due to an injured shoulder.

Brown became a free agent after the 2007 season. He had stated he would like to return to the Bears in the future but was uncertain whether he would actually return, commenting that he enjoyed his three-year stint with the Bears, and that it rejuvenated his career.[2] The Bears did not plan on offering Brown a contract.[3]


After spending the 2008 season out of football, Brown officially announced his retirement on February 2, 2009.[4]

Broadcasting career[edit]

Brown currently co-hosts The Enforcers, a weekly television show in Buffalo, NY, with former Buffalo Sabres player Rob Ray. Brown is also a regular pundit on Canadian talkshow 'Off the Record', which airs on TSN. He also served as an analyst for the syndication network broadcasting the Fall Experimental Football League.

Brown has co-hosted, along with Mike Catalana, Bills Tonight, the Bills' official weekly post game on MSG Western New York, since 2016.[5]


  1. ^http://www.pittsburghpanthers.com/blog/2012/08/ruben-browns-pitt-path-to-nfl-stardom.html
  2. ^Mayer, Larry, Brown confident Smith will help Bears right shipArchived February 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, chicagobears.com, Retrieved on January 13, 2007.
  3. ^'Mike Brown in, Ruben Brown out of Bears' '08 plans - Chicago Bears'. Archived from the original on February 25, 2008. Retrieved February 25, 2008.
  4. ^http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3880327&campaign=rss&source=NFLHeadlines
  5. ^'How are the Buffalo Bills Getting More TV Coverage This Year?'. FOX Sports. September 10, 2016. Retrieved July 17, 2018.

External links[edit]

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