After the drive home from Cincinnati, it occurs that four choices are left for Browns fans. What happens against Pittsburgh will eliminate one of the choices.

The dark side of the expansion is back all too soon.
Nearly everyone else in the AFC had been stumbling as much of the Browns, masking the three-game losing streak that preceded the win over Baltimore.
A playoff race was on. But, ooh, that smell at Cincinnati. It melted the mask right off.
The Browns have lost four of their last five. And here comes Pittsburgh, having won four of its last six, fresh off a win at Detroit, a team that won going way at Cleveland.
At 4-6, the Browns are a game out of the second wild-card spot, and that ought to mean at least a sliver of hope, with six games left.
That's probably what it does mean for the other 4-6 teams, who are:
• Baltimore, the defending champ.
• Pittsburgh, which has been to three Super Bowls since 2005.
• San Diego, which was 106-78 under its previous two head coaches, Norv and Marty.
• Tennessee, which won 147 games under its previous head coach, Jeff Fisher.
• Oakland, which went 8-8 two of the previous three years and is a dozen or so years removed from being one of the better NFL teams.
All of those towns, even Oakland have seen something decent recently.
You know too well what we have seen here for so long, and how sadly it all rhymed with yesterday. The expansion era has been the worst of times (77-138 record), and the worst of the worst (27-63 since the start of 2008) is lately.
There are four general ways to look at it, I suppose.
One, quit watching until it turns around, knowing someone will let you know if it does.
Two, keep watching in a bad mood, assuming this is the time of year when bad gets worse.
Three, keep watching patiently, assuming it might turn next year.
Four, hold out hope for a Pittsburgh surprise, with visions of a 6-6 record, as Jacksonville follows the Steelers in.
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Fresh Brownies has been away for a bit, for this reason and that. We have busied ourselves with material for The Repository, Gatehouse Media family members, and @sdoerschukREP via Twitter.
The plan is to re-establish a regular presence here, where as some old friends know, we have had fun keeping the fires burning even when the lights go out at the stadium.
Thanks for reading.