The Cleveland Browns Win As They Lose, Ugly

gary wertmanCorrespondent IDecember 5, 2010

MIAMI - DECEMBER 05:  Defensive back Joe Haden #23 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates intercepting the ball against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on December 5, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  Cleveland defeated Miami 13-10. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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First let me say I will always take an ugly Browns win. Just keep them coming.

At 5-7, after their 13-10 win over the Miami Dolphins, the Browns have been a part of many ugly games this year. They usually play just good enough to keep it close.

The last two weeks against Carolina and Miami, a field goal at the end decided both games.Both resulting in wins for the Browns.

Who can forget the Jacksonville game. The defense forces six turnovers and the Browns still lose. Or the Jets game, a 20-26 loss in overtime when it looked like the Browns were in position to get a win.

Five of their seven losses this year have come by seven points or less. In those five games, the Browns had a lead in the fourth quarter.

That 5-7 record could easily be 8-4 or 9-3 or even 10-2. They could also be 3-9.

The Browns are an improved team over last year but they are not a good team yet. They are what their record says they are, a below .500 team that still has plenty of needs.

What I'm saying is, players like Joe Haden and TJ Ward are a step in the right direction. They have had a huge impact on the defense. Look at Abe Elam, I have to think they have had an impact on his improvement lately.

On offense, both Peyton Hillis and Colt McCoy have shown they are players that can lead and inspire confidence in their teammates. McCoy's injury has hurt a lot more than just him.

Even though they've won their last two games, losing McCoy has set the offense back. McCoy was establishing himself as the leader on offense.Hopefully he will return before the season is over.

The Browns need another strong off season. If they can add a few more players like Ward, Hillis, Haden, McCoy, Fujita and Watson to what they already have, the playoffs can't be far behind.

Until then, keep them ugly wins coming.