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Browns rally past Dolphins; what to look for in Sunday’s games

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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.

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Bills take down Dolphins and looking to week 11 in the NFL

It’s becoming apparent that games on Thursday nights aren’t working out very well for the NFL this season. Before the regular season began, I thought it was going to be a great idea. More football is always a good thing, right? Doesn’t seem like it. Teams are tired, still fighting off injuries and not prepared to play two NFL games in five days. I know the Dolphins and the Bills aren’t exactly among the elite teams in the league but there’s clearly something when it takes until halfway through the third quarter for either of these teams to score a touchdown on offense. The Bills don’t have a good defense. In fact, i’d probably rank them among the five worst in the league but last night they looked like they belong with the Bears and the Texans defenses. Or how about I just admit that I was wrong and the Dolphins just aren’t that good. Either way, the Bills’ defense was able to pretty Miami the entire night to force turnovers and eventually take the victory 19-14. The Bills were able to force turnovers (one returned for a TD) and didn’t allow the Miami offense to get into any rhythm which is most likely going to turn into a success. The Dolphins actually has a chance for the lead twice in the 4th quarter but those two opportunities turned into easy interceptions for the Buffalo defense. While these two teams probably won’t be participating in the post seasons, both do have an outside shot of making some noise.

Here are a few things to keep your eyes on this Sunday as the games are going on:

Every single AFC division winner could be decided this weekend: The Patriots can take advantage of the Buffalo victory over Miami, beating a Colts team to be 3 games up in the division with a very favorable schedule. Consequently, if the Patriots do win, the Colts will have lost their 4th game. The Texans could very much take advantage of that while they face a bad Jaguars team in Houston. Out west, the Chargers and Broncos face off for what will essentially be the division title. The Chargers must win this if they plan on making the postseason. Up north the Ravens-Steelers slug fest will be going on but the Steelers are without their QB (their most important player) so the Ravens will definitely looking to take advantage of a depleted Pittsburgh team.

NFC teams trying to gain ground on the leader: The 49ers looked like they were going to run away with the west but all of a sudden they tie AND they’re missing their starting quarterback. Seattle is on their bye week but the 49ers have a very tough game on Sunday night against the Bears. Those same Chicago Bears are feeling the pressure of a red hot Packers team, particularly because Bears QB Jay Cutler is out of Monday’s game due to injury. Another team with a chance to gain some ground? That’s right, my Dallas Cowboys! After a big divisional win last weekend and the Giants on by this week, the Cowboys can take advantage of a bad Browns team in Cowboys Stadium but as most Cowboys fans know, nothing is for certain about this team.

This week my surprisingly close game pick will be the Raiders at home against the Saints (-5) mostly because I feel like people are a little too confident in the Saints now. Remember, their defense is still terrible and the Raiders offense has been looking better these past couple of weeks.

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