NFL Week 9 Picks Against The Spread

I hope my Week 9 picks are better than my abysmal Week 8… After the Panthers 29-26 overtime victory against the Colts, I ended the weekend with a record of 4-8-1. No worries, at the end of the season this past week will be seen as an outlier. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. All in all I learned a few things. The Raiders are for real, after disrespecting the Jets defense. Tampa Bay is rapidly improving after knocking off Atlanta on the road, and the Lions are laughable after embarrassing themselves against the Chiefs in London. I’ll alter my strategy this week and not rely on stats as much, going with my gut. Looking to flip the script against the spread this week. Continue reading “NFL Week 9 Picks Against The Spread”

Opposite Ends of the Spectrum: Three Keys To Victory for the Browns and Bengals

The Battle of Ohio features two teams in very, very different situations. The Bengals keys to victory come from a Bengals fan (special thanks to contributions from Adam Marshall). Please note the differing levels of optimism between a Browns and Bengals fan. One has nothing but blind hope, the other has an undefeated football team heading into Week 9 of the NFL season. Continue reading “Opposite Ends of the Spectrum: Three Keys To Victory for the Browns and Bengals”

Four Free Agents the Indians Should Pursue

The Cleveland Indians failed to live up to its lofty expectations for the 2015 season, finishing third in the AL Central with a record of 81-80. Bright spots included the starting rotation, rookie shortstop Francisco Lindor, the consistent Michael Brantley, and all-star second baseman Jason Kipnis (coming off of a disappointing 2014 campaign). The Sports Illustrated cover boys put together a run late in the season but could not make up for a slow start. The Tribe had a 2015 opening day payroll of $86 million (highest since 2001), and according to mlbtraderumors.com, they should have some money to address needs in free agency. The MLB releasedthe list of 139 free agents available to sign/negotiate with clubs beginning Nov. 7. Barring any trades pursued by the club (such as dealing Carlos Carrasco or Danny Salazar for a bat), there are affordable options for small market teams like the Tribe. Here are four players the Tribe could pursue to address position needs.

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Three Takeaways From Browns Week 8

The first half seemed too good to be true. Despite Mike Pettine’s questionable decision to run the ball three times at the end of the half and punt to the Cardinals, essentially handing them three points, the Browns were up 20-10. Josh McCown tossed two beautiful touchdowns to Brian Hartline (who had four ugly drops on the day as well) and one to breakout tight end Gary Barnidge. At the half the Browns had 156 yards of total offense and zero turnovers. In the second half, an injured Josh McCown (more on that later) led the Browns offense to 56 yards of total offense and two turnovers including an ill-advised heave to the end zone.

Aug 20, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) looks to pass during the second quarter of a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 20, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown (13) looks to pass during the second quarter of a preseason game against the Buffalo Bills at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The defense forced four turnovers, but in the end it just wasn’t enough as the Cards went on to score 27 (yes, 27) unanswered points en route to a 34-20 home loss for the Browns. Here are three major takeaways from another frustrating Sunday at The Factory of Sadness.

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