With victories over the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints and the New England Patriots in their past two games, the Browns felt unstoppable Sunday.
After a 34-14 pounding of the Patriots, a dry erase board sat in the middle of the locker room floor that read, ''Who the (bleep) is Next?'' Someone had unsuccessfully tried to erase the obscenity. Next up for the Browns (3-5) are the New York Jets (6-2) Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
"Anything can happen now, we're in the hunt,'' Browns receiver/returner Joshua Cribbs said. ''We're gonna slowly creep up on people, we just beat two of the best teams supposedly out there. So we had written on the board, 'Who's next?" It can be anybody, we really don't care."
Asked if people will start expecting such upsets from the Browns, linebacker David Bowens said, ''I really don't care. A lot of people put us down, don't give us a chance. Now maybe they'll start patting us on the back, but we're not going to read the paper. We're going to focus each week and not let anything exterior affect us how we think.''
Their past two victories may have been the Browns' biggest back-to-back triumphs in the expansion franchise's 12 years.
''It is. It's huge,'' Bowens said. ''Playing two really good teams that no one gave us a shot to beat. But it's all about how we believe and how we prepare. We think we can beat anybody. If we execute and do what we're supposed to do, I think we can.''