If you are a Cleveland Browns fan, stop what your doing and sprint to the nearest place you can get lottery tickets. For the first time in over a decade, the Browns are now 3-2, and this is coming on the heels of trading away one of their best players. After a 37-24 victory on Thursday night, the entire NFL world seems a bit stunned by the Browns current streak, especially with how they got it done.
With Brandon Weeden already sidelined with a thumb injury, Brian Hoyer was the starting quarterback. However just a few plays into the game, Howyer went down on an awkward slide and looked to have torn his ACL. With all hope down the toilet, a not-100% Weeden entered the game and looked as poor as they come.
On the other side of the ball, the Bills experienced their own quarterback issues during this game. In the third quarter E.J. Manuel was going out of bounds, but not before being hit and banging his knee.
Neither quarterback looked great during the game. Weeden finished 13-24 for 197-yards and Manuel was 11-20 with 129-yards. But it was the Browns ability to maintain throughout the game that allowed them to get the 37-24 victory in this one.
Despite the recent surge in Browns success, we still don’t believe that this is a team that can make a run into the playoffs. Sure, they are on a 3-game win streak. Sure, they are atop the AFC North. But this just seems to ridiculous of a story to keep up. The Browns change quarterbacks more often than then other teams change jerseys and no one outside of Cleveland can name three players on the team. If you are a Browns fan, be sure to enjoy this time, as you never know when it’ll happen again.
Maybe we are being too rough on the Browns. After all, this streak should be celebrated, not talked down upon. All we know is that even with a few more wins, Cleveland’s history would not let us believe that this is a team that is prime to win its division. Nonetheless, the win on Thursday night hopefully eased some of the pain of the Indians losing in the MLB playoffs.
As for the Bills, they certainly had their chance to make a statement in primetime on Thursday. Instead, they continued to disappoint and are the same old Bills.
SportsPicks.com handicapper Johnny Crain nailed the game and won BIG with Picking the Browns.
This was Johnny Crain’s Big Play and he won it easily.
Here is the Insight and winning Pick from last night’s Buffalo Bills vs Cleveland Browns Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 5:25 PM EST
Selected Play: Play On Cleveland Browns (-3.5)
Line Selected: Game Line: -110
Pick Type: Premium Play
Play Title: Cleveland -3.5 vs. Buffalo
Everyone thought the Browns were throwing away the season when they traded away Trent Richardson. But Cleveland has won their next two games and has a chance to move to 3-2 and sit atop the AFC North standings with a win tonight against Buffalo. Richardson was not very effective in the first two games so his loss has really been negligible. Some may have written off the win over the Vikings in Week 3 as fluky but the Browns controlled last week’s game against Cincinnati from start to finish in a 17-6 victory.
The Bills have opened the season with 3 of their first 4 games at home which is always nice when starting a rookie quarterback. However, in their only road game the Bill were outgained by 200 yards of total offense in a 27-20 loss to the Jets. The Browns are very similar to the Jets in that they have a very strong defense and are playing an inexperienced quarterback. What makes the Browns an even more difficult matchup is that they have dynamic players on the outside in Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron. The Jets have very few playmakers on offense and still had no problems moving the ball on this depleted Bills defense.
Cleveland currently has the #3 ranked defense in the NFL. They have allowed only two passing touchdowns all season and are tied for third in the league in sacks. Their front seven has been fantastic and they have a lockdown corner in Joe Haden. The Bills rely on RB’s CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson but both are banged up and less than 100%. QB E.J. Manuel has is work cut out for him tonight.
Buffalo won last week at home vs. Baltimore because of FIVE Joe Flacco interceptions. As a sports bettor that outcome was a good thing because it’s made the Bills look better than they really are at this point and created value on the Browns in this spot. Brian Hoyer is not a great quarterback but he’s playing better than Brandon Weeden ever was and the Browns quietly have one of the best defenses in the league.
Cleveland wins tonight by a touchdown or more.