'We are not going 0-16' - Browns linebacker makes bold guarantee
Fans of the Cleveland Browns can relax.
The franchise are definitely not going 0-16, according to linebacker Christian Kirksey.
The Browns fell to 0-9 on Sunday with a heavy 35-10 home defeat to the Dallas Cowboys, increasing the possibility they could become only the second team in NFL history to lose every match of a 16-game season after the 2008 Detroit Lions.
"We are not going to go 0-16,'' Kirksey said to Cleveland.com.
"That's for a fact. We are not doing that. Things are going to get on a roll and we have just got to keep fighting.
"That's motivation. I don't know if I'm supposed to say this, but we are not going winless. We are not."
More than halfway to that dubious mark, things do not get any easier for the Browns in the weeks ahead.
They have a short week before a road game against the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday, then three straight home games against the Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants and Cincinnati Bengals.
The Browns then close with road games at the Buffalo Bills and the Steelers sandwiched around a home game against the San Diego Chargers.
"This is the youngest team in the league right now and I commend these guys for going out and fighting," added Kirksey, who, by the way, predicted last week that the 0-8 Browns would go 8-0 to finish the season.
So much for that guarantee.