A week ago, when his Cleveland Browns fell to 0-8, linebacker Chris Kirksey proclaimed his team would go undefeated the rest of the way.
Then the Browns got their asses handed to them by the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday in Week 9.
Dallas scored five touchdowns in their first six drives, and the Browns gained an entire 28 yards in the second half to lose 35-10.
That prompted Kirksey to cut his end-of-the-year prediction by about seven wins.
"We're not going to go 0-16,'' Kirksey said. "That's for a fact. We're not doing that. Things are going to get on a roll, and we've just got to keep fighting."
How does he know they will win a game? Because he and his teammates are motivated not to join the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams in NFL history to go 0-16.
"That's motivation,'' he said. "I don't know if I'm supposed to say this, but we're not going winless. We're not."
To start the year, the Browns were bad, but not this bad. They were in several games late, and even got jobbed by a few unbelievable officiating decisions in the early going—just like a real football team!
But injuries have hit the squad hard, particularly at quarterback. They were downright relieved to have Cody Kessler back in action—he missed last week's game after being knocked out of a Week 7 loss to the New England Patriots in one of the most Browns plays we've ever seen. Kessler was the third-stringer to start the year, and is one of six to play quarterback for Cleveland in 2016. Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor is another.
After Week 3, Pryor suggested the team could still go 13-3.
A month and a half later, the boldest prediction in the clubhouse is that the team will win one of its remaining eight games.