How about those Cleveland Browns? I knew that the AFC North would be up for grabs this season but I could have never predicted that it would be the Browns on top after the 5th week. Well, the 5th week just started but with the Ravens in Miami and the Bengals getting the Patriots this weekend, Cleveland could remain in sole possession of first place in their division. Things look good after the fact but when starting QB Brian Hoyer went down early in the game, it looked like another failed season of false hopes for the Browns. Enter Brandon Weeden, after losing his starting job he came in and helped rally the Browns over the Bills. The Bills also had to deal with quarterback issues as rookie starter EJ Manuel went down, essentially stalling the Bills offense and having to rely to heavily on running backs Jackson and Spiller. Now i’m actually reading that Brian Hoyer is out for the season after suffering a torn ACL. Terrible news for Browns fans as their schedule toughens up in the next few weeks. We’ll just have to wait and see how Weeden does going forward after showing flashes of good QB play and some not-so-great play. Last night’s game was interesting, especially as the Browns rallied but it still wasn’t quality football. Are we going to see a great Thursday night game this entire season? I’m looking at the schedule and maybe Benglans at Dolphins on Halloween but the sure game would be Saints at Falcons all the way in week 12 of the season. Grim.
Not so grim are Sunday’s game because what do you know, there are lots of great games to watch. Why is that? Because the Vikings, Steelers, Bucs and Redskins (2 wins combined) ALL have their bye week. The early slate of games is about as good as we’re going to see all season. Saints at Bears, Patriots at Bengals, Lions at Packers, Chiefs at Titans and Seahawks at Colts. The Seattle-Indy game is going to show a lot about both teams, especially after the Seahawks barely edged out the Texans and the Colts have had back-to-back blow out victories. Detroit had a big win over the Bears last week but they’re going into Green Bay against a Packers team that’s fighting for their season’s life and had an extra week to prepare. Could be a big statement win for Aaron Rodgers and co. Unfortunately because of playoff baseball, we’ll only have two late games. But hey, more people watching the Broncos blow out the Cowboys makes the rest of the country happy, right? I’ll be in the stands during that game so it’s pretty much guaranteed loss for my Cowboys. It’s not all good on Sunday because the Jaguars will be playing the Rams, Eagles at Giants and Panthers at Cardinals so just avoid those games. At least we end with the Texans at the 49ers.
That’s not the last game though. Again, because of playoff baseball we have a game that starts at 11:35 (ET) on a Sunday night! How crazy is that? Great news for sports bars all around the country, bad news for people on the East coast who care about the Chargers or Raiders and have to work early on Monday morning. As always, enjoy the games everyone.