The distance the Browns must go is evidenced by some numbers, starting with their record in division games under coach Romeo Crennel.
The past season and 10 games, the Browns have gone 1-8 in the AFC North. The sole win was a meaningless, last-game win over Baltimore last season.
That was supposed to be a springboard to 2006, but those kind of springboards never lead anywhere. So it is with the Browns, who are 3-7 and 9-17 in the Crennel era.
Too, the Browns leave their fans gasping for air. They have lost to Pittsburgh 12 of the last 13 times the teams have played, including six in a row.
Finally, it has been three years and 53 games since the Browns have won two games in a row. That's a mark of futility that is hard to fathom.
And it leaves the team's coach trying to find positives in the most discouraging of losses.
"The guys didn't give up and they fought all the way through to the last play," Crennel said.
Which sure is exciting.
QB Charlie Frye has struggled so much in the red zone that it's becoming a problem. Sunday the Browns did not get an offensive touchdown, which makes six quarters without the offense getting into the end zone.
RB Reuben Droughns could not play on his sprained foot Sunday, but his play has been lackluster all season. Droughns says he wants to prove he deserves the big contract he got in the off-season, but his 3.1-yard average indicates there are problems somewhere.
WR Braylon Edwards had a nice game with seven catches for 137 yards, but his lazy pass route on the game's final play hurt the Browns chances to score a game-winning touchdown. Edwards showed a lack of professionalism by jogging through his route, then breaking it off at the end.
WR Joe Jurevicius is the forgotten man on offense. Jurevicius was signed with the expectation his hands and professionalism would help the Browns. His attitude may help, but he's not even close to being part of the offense.
TE Kellen Winslow is the Browns' best player. Winslow is also the team's most fiery player as evidenced by his verbal spat with Steelers linebacker Joey Porter prior to the game.
CB Daven Holly has stepped in capably for three injured corners after being signed off the street late in training camp. Holly had two interceptions Sunday, one returned for a touchdown.
CB Leigh Bodden is needed this Sunday as the Browns face Cincinnati and red-hot Chad Johnson. Bodden's injured ankle, though, probably will not allow him to play. That's good news for Johnson fans.
LB Kamerion Wimbley has proven to be the Browns' only legitimate pass rusher. Wimbley put constant pressure on Ben Roethlisberger Sunday, he just didn't get to him enough to sack him.
RB Jason Wright had a nice game filling in for Reuben Droughns. Wright averaged 4.1 yards per carry, and might deserve a longer look in the final six games.
WR Dennis Northcutt has been virtually written out of the Browns offense. Joshua Cribbs has stepped into the third receiver role, and Northcutt gets little time in the offense.