Browns open as a tepid fave (from -1 to -2.5).
Self-destructed versus an apparently fading Bengals team, then nearly fell apart on landing.
Yes, they were screaming like little girls. Would have been tragic to have the team destroyed in a fireball on the tarmac, though. And not the Patriots or Ravens, e.g.
Ben has 16 games against the Browns, and is 15-1 with a 99.8 QBR and a 24-10 TD-INT ratio. November is actually Ben's worst month WRT QBR (87.5). Best to worst: October (100.7), January (94.0), December (91.7), September (89.4), November.
Jason Campbell had excellent games versus KC (105.4) and Balty (116.6), but with a career 82.4 QBR it seemed a matter of time before he'd revert toward the norm, or even overcompensate (44.3 v. Cinci). Figured out? Gordon is still wildly productive, but streaky: 5-132 v. KC and 5-125 v. Cinci, but longs of 47 and 74: don't give up the long play (that means break up passes, TACKLE
, and double). (Duh.) McGahee is the wheels, and frankly he looks shot. Not that we're matriculating the fucking ball via the running game, but. Ogbonnaya is the real rushing threat. Jordan Cameron could be a tough matchup, but the PSD covered the Lions bigs well, for 3 quarters at least.
Their DL could be problematic, and Mingo has 4 sacks (calling Jarbust Jones... Jarbust Jones... please pick up the white courtesy telephone.) Haden remains a top CB. They have 31 sacks on the year, PSD has an abysmal 18. Seriously, we're slack. Good opportunity for Worilds to show his stuff though. They have 8 INTs, and surprisingly we have 6. Not sure where the stretch plays in the running game or why Bell's confidence looks weak.
I think we win, but closer than one might hope for.