So, Week 10 has come and gone. What did the Cleveland Browns learn about the NFL in their week off? That no one is safe…… except maybe the Chiefs, expect the unexpected, and even a blind squirrel finds a nut. Let me explain.
1) No one is safe: We began the week with a Redskins loss to the Vikings, not terribly shocking, but not totally expected either. Without Aaron Rodgers or their second string (former Browns QB) Seneca Wallace, the Packers were easily defeated. Understandable. Jay Cutler returned to the Bears… and got hurt again. Fun stuff.
2) Expect the unexpected: Here’s where the week took a turn. The Jaguars AND the Buccaneers BOTH got their first wins of the season against teams that have looked mostly decent this season (the Titans [who are now 4-5] and Dolphins, remember, it’s Tannehill’s year). The Saints BREESed past the Cowboys (see what I did there?), in what people thought would be a hard fought game on both sides.
3) Even a blind squirrel finds a nut: The Eagles have found something special in backup Nick Foles. Yea, I picked him up off the Free Agency list in one of my fantasy football leagues, what of it? I’m just jumping on the bandwagon (mostly because that fantasy team is awful and can’t get much worse). Oh and the Rams made the Colts look very silly.
Anyway, what does this all mean for the Browns? Well, this week the Battle of Ohio continues when the Browns visit Cincinnati. This should be interesting, given the crazy finish to the Bengals/Ravens game last week. The Steelers got the win last week, which means the AFC North standings are (from the top): Bengals, Browns, Ravens, Steelers. A win against the Bengals on Sunday would not only give us a confidence boost after the bye, but it would bring us that much closer to being first in the division.
As for the rest of the season, here’s the remaining schedule (including this week): at Cincinnati, home for the Steelers and Jaguars, at New England, home for the Bears, and we end the season away at the Jets and then the Steelers. The Steelers seem mildly inconsistent, the Week 10 Jags may have been a fluke, but we’ll see, the Patriots had this week off, but they’re confusing this year (aka they look terrible [in comparison to recent years] but are still winning, da Bears are the Bears, I don’t know how to feel about the Jets, and then we’re back to the Steelers.
Lets hope the Browns can keep the excitement going, both for the franchise and the city itself. Some awesome news for Cleveland earlier this week; the Browns announced major renovation plans for the stadium AND Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona was named the American League Manager of the Year. *Raises shot glass* “Here’s to good things for Cleveland” *drinks shot of Cleveland Whiskey* (yes it’s a thing).