Thomas Jefferson once said, "With one win comes many others, that the sweet nectar of victory should flow liberally to those who desire it most."
That's made up, but the Cleveland Browns' encouraging performance is real. For the first time this season, fans didn't have to start each sentence with, "We played well, but..."
Maybe it was a lucky break, or maybe it was because I watched the game on Ohio soil. Either way, this young team showed some flash and finally gave fans a much-needed reprieve. And it wasn't just the numbers on the scoreboard that proved the players' maturation. Each play demonstrated the control, leadership and tenacity that must be present on a winning football team.
But the warmth of the victory is wearing off, and fans, players and staffers fearing for their jobs are looking ahead to Sunday. The Colts aren't the stiffest test the Browns will face this season, but they're no slouches, either.
Here are 10 keys to winning this weekend's game and proving that this team is committed to ongoing improvement.