Showing posts with label nfl football. Show all posts
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Saturday, January 9, 2021

NFL Wildcard Game Predictions January 9, 2021

 It's Wildcard weekend and it's time for playoff football are you ready. I know I am as playoff football is always exciting to watch. Let's take a look today at Saturday's games.

First up is Indianapolis vs Buffalo which is an interesting game, Buffalo is letting in around 12,000 fans I heard. If this is true the Bills Mafia should be out in force in this one. Indy must play ball-control offense and limit the number of times Josh Allen gets the ball. In my opinion, that really is the only chance Indy has to keep it close. Right now Josh Allen is the hottest quarterback in the AFC and slowing him down is tough so you must limit his touches in the game. We like Buffalo 34-17 in this game.

The next game up is the Los Angeles Rams vs the Seattle Seahawks. Jarred Goff is hurt and no one knows if he will start or play at all. If Goff does not play I really cannot see the Rams having must of a chance in this one. The Rams' powerful defense can keep Seattle at bay but not the whole game. We like Seattle and Russell Wilson 21-17 in this one.

In the nightcap, we will see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers traveling to Washington to take the Washington Football Team on. Tom Brady has gotten better as the year has gone along and Mike Evans might not play for the Buccaneers. Even without Evans, the Buccaneers have plenty of weapons. The Washington Football team is great on defense, but horrible on offense. The only chance Washington has is to pressure Brady and get turnovers. If that does not happen look for it to be a route. We like Tampa 34-7.




Sunday, December 27, 2020

Browns Had Chance To Make Playoffs Against Lowly Jets But Lose A Game They Should Have Won

 The Cleveland Browns have had a crazy last 36 hours and it ended with a loss to the lowly New York Jets by a score of 23-16. Cleveland was shorthanded as many offensive players were in Covid-19 protocol and did not make the trip to New York. Did the Browns miss these players? Yes, but you still have to win with who you have on the team. The sad part is Cleveland came out and looked like a team that had nothing to play for at all. The New York Jets looked like the hungry team that had something to play for even though they did not.

Baker Mayfield struggled throughout the game missing open receivers and turning the ball over. When you do those two things you really do not have much chance of winning. Cleveland did not run the ball very well against a Jets team that was horrible on defense and missing players as well. All in all, Cleveland was not prepared for this game at all. The play calling was questionable at best as well. Running the ball is what Cleveland does well, but was abandoned way to early in my opinion.

Now the Browns must win against Pittsburgh and hope they get some help along the way. If they do not it will be another year the Browns miss the playoffs. At least this season the Browns have been competitive that is something they can build on if they miss the playoffs this season.




Monday, November 23, 2020

NFL Roundup Monday November 23, 2020

Some interesting games took place yesterday in the NFL. You can tell we're getting closer to the playoffs as these games are getting more chippy in nature. I got to watch many games yesterday and I will go over a few quick ones I liked a lot. One of my favorite games was the Titans vs the Ravens where we had a confrontation at midfield and it ended in overtime. Derrick Henry scored in overtime to give the Titans a hard fought win. The Ravens are slowly slipping out of the playoff hunt. This week against Pittsburgh will tell us a lot about the Ravens. Pittsburgh continued to roll and now is 10-0.

Round two of Kansas City and Los Vegas Raiders did not disappoint. Give the Raiders credit they held their own against the Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes again was elite as Kansas City won 35-31. It was a crazy weekend where we saw the Dallas Cowboys win and Joe Burrow hurt his knee. Let's hope Burrow is okay but it's not looking good right now for him. Tonight the Buccaneers host the Rams which should be a good game for Monday Night Football.

The Browns also kept winning and now 7-3 and the Miami Dolphins lost to the Denver Broncos which ended their winning streak. This season has been enjoyable so far and can't wait for the Thanksgiving weekend of NFL and college football.





Sunday, November 1, 2020

Early NFL Scores November 1, 2020

 FINALSun, Nov 1

  1 2 3 4 T

New England 

NE

0 6 8 7 21

Buffalo 

BUF

7 0 7 10 24


COMPLETE LEADERS

PASS: C. Newton (15 - 25, 174 YDS )

RUSH: D. Harris (16 ATT, 102 YDS , 1 TD)

REC: J. Meyers (6 REC, 58 YDS )

PASS: J. Allen (11 - 18, 154 YDS )

RUSH: D. Singletary (14 ATT, 86 YDS )

REC: S. Diggs (6 REC, 92 YDS )

FINALSun, Nov 1

  1 2 3 4 T

Pittsburgh 

PIT

7 0 14 7 28

Baltimore 

BAL

7 10 0 7 24


COMPLETE LEADERS

PASS: B. Roethlisberger (20 - 31, 176 YDS , 2 TD)

RUSH: J. Conner (15 ATT, 47 YDS , 1 TD)

REC: J. Smith-Schuster (7 REC, 67 YDS )

PASS: L. Jackson (13 - 29, 208 YDS , 2 TD)

RUSH: J. Dobbins (15 ATT, 113 YDS )

REC: W. Snead IV (5 REC, 106 YDS )

FINALSun, Nov 1

  1 2 3 4 T

Tennessee 

TEN

0 7 0 13 20

Cincinnati 

CIN

3 14 0 14 31


COMPLETE LEADERS

PASS: R. Tannehill (18 - 30, 233 YDS , 2 TD)

RUSH: D. Henry (18 ATT, 112 YDS , 1 TD)

REC: C. Davis (8 REC, 128 YDS , 1 TD)

PASS: J. Burrow (26 - 37, 249 YDS , 2 TD)

RUSH: G. Bernard (15 ATT, 62 YDS , 1 TD)

REC: T. Higgins (6 REC, 78 YDS )

FINALSun, Nov 1

  1 2 3 4 T

Las Vegas 

LV

0 6 0 10 16

Cleveland 

CLE

0 3 3 0 6


COMPLETE LEADERS

PASS: D. Carr (15 - 24, 112 YDS , 1 TD)

RUSH: J. Jacobs (31 ATT, 128 YDS )

REC: D. Waller (5 REC, 28 YDS )

PASS: B. Mayfield (12 - 25, 122 YDS )

RUSH: K. Hunt (14 ATT, 66 YDS )

REC: J. Landry (4 REC, 52 YDS )

FINALSun, Nov 1

  1 2 3 4 T

Indianapolis 

IND

0 20 0 21 41

Detroit 

DET

7 0 7 7 21


COMPLETE LEADERS

PASS: P. Rivers (23 - 33, 262 YDS , 3 TD)

RUSH: J. Wilkins (20 ATT, 89 YDS , 1 TD)

REC: N. Hines (3 REC, 54 YDS , 2 TD)

PASS: M. Stafford (24 - 42, 336 YDS , 3 TD)

RUSH: J. Agnew (1 ATT, 11 YDS )

REC: M. Hall (4 REC, 113 YDS )

FINALSun, Nov 1

  1 2 3 4 T

Minnesota 

MIN

7 7 14 0 28

Green Bay 

GB

7 7 0 8 22


COMPLETE LEADERS

PASS: K. Cousins (11 - 14, 160 YDS , 1 TD)

RUSH: D. Cook (30 ATT, 163 YDS , 3 TD)

REC: D. Cook (2 REC, 63 YDS , 1 TD)

PASS: A. Rodgers (27 - 41, 291 YDS , 3 TD)

RUSH: J. Williams (16 ATT, 75 YDS )

REC: R. Tonyan (5 REC, 79 YDS )

FINALSun, Nov 1

  1 2 3 4 T

New York 

NYJ

3 6 0 0 9

Kansas City 

KC

14 7 7 7 35


COMPLETE LEADERS

PASS: S. Darnold (18 - 30, 133 YDS )

RUSH: F. Gore (10 ATT, 30 YDS )

REC: D. Mims (2 REC, 42 YDS )

PASS: P. Mahomes (31 - 42, 416 YDS , 5 TD)

RUSH: C. Edwards-Helaire (6 ATT, 21 YDS )

REC: T. Kelce (8 REC, 109 YDS , 1 TD)

FINALSun, Nov 1

  1 2 3 4 T

Los Angeles 

LAR

7 3 0 7 17

Miami 

MIA

7 21 0 0 28


COMPLETE LEADERS

PASS: J. Goff (35 - 61, 355 YDS , 1 TD)

RUSH: D. Henderson Jr. (8 ATT, 47 YDS )

REC: C. Kupp (11 REC, 110 YDS )

PASS: T. Tagovailoa (12 - 22, 93 YDS , 1 TD)

RUSH: M. Gaskin (17 ATT, 47 YDS , 1 TD)

REC: M. Gaskin (3 REC, 16 YDS )


Monday, March 2, 2020

Where Does Tom Brady Play In 2020?

Everyone has there take on where Tom Brady is going in 2020 to play football, and I am no different. We have heard such teams as the Titans, Colts, Chargers, Raiders, and Dolphins as possible landing destinations for Tom Brady. Could he really leave the New England Patriots and take his talents elsewhere?

Many people feel that he will, but I am not one of those who believe that idea. Tom Brady has been with the Patriots for a long time for good reason. Brady knows the system and the Patriots build it around him to get the most from him. If Brady leaves will he be able to find a system that will utilize his talents like the Patriots do? I highly doubt if there is a team in the NFL that will be able to do it like the Patriots can.

If I was a betting man look for the marriage of Tom Brady and the Patriots to continue for a few more years. Both parties benefit from staying together, so do not look for any changes, but we will see. Many people think he will leave, but just do not see that happening.



Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Why The Browns Need To Act Quickly After The Season Is Over

The Cleveland Browns are hoping to end the season on a good note as Sunday they will travel to Cincinnati to take on in-state rival the Bengals. A big win could help Freddie Kitchens keep his job, but a loss will make it so much easier for the Browns to fire him. No matter what happens Cleveland needs to make wholesale changes on this coaching staff. Firing Kitchens and most of his staff would be the best course of action.  Will Cleveland do it is another question indeed.

Kitchens has shown he is not ready to be a head coach in the NFL just yet. There have been times you just have to say what in the hell was he thinking. Baker Mayfield has struggled this year and it's not all his fault. Part of it is coaching, but part is on Mayfield as well. Cleveland as a team has been undisciplined and a shell of what we saw last season. Why is that?

Last seen they had Greg Williams as coach a no-nonsense coach that had rules and put up with nothing. In my opinion, if they do fire Freddie Kitchens they need a coach that will be demanding like Williams was to players. There is too much talent on the Browns not to be in the playoffs. Coaching was 80 percent of the problem this season. Getting the right coaches in here should make the difference between an average team and a playoff team.


Sunday, December 22, 2019

Why The Buccaneers May Want To Keep Working With Jameis Winston In Off-Season

After sitting a few hours thinking about the Buccaneers and their quarterback Jameis Winston I have come to these conclusions about him as the future of the Buccaneers. Now I understand that many Buccaneer fans would love to see the Bucs cut Winston at the end of the season, and you really can't blame the Bucs if that is the direction they move in.

I mean it's tough to live with the turnovers and how it is hurting the team, but sometimes biting the bullet is best and this is a time when I would consider that. Finding a franchise quarterback is tough, but if you got a guy who you can mold into what you want keeping him is the best train of thought.

In his career, Winston has thrown 119 touchdowns and 86 interceptions which are not stellar numbers, to say the least. If the Buccaneers can somehow able to cut down his interceptions they will have a very good quarterback. Winston is a great teammate and it seems the players relate well to him. Even with all the interceptions he still is able to get his team in position to win despite his play. Giving up on Winston right now sets the Buccaneers back a number of years. That is something I don't think they want to do right now.


Friday, December 6, 2019

What I Want To See From The Browns In These Final Few Games!

The Cleveland Browns season isn't totally lost, but right now you could say it's on life support. This doesn't mean they cannot still accomplish some things heading into the 2020 season. Let's take a closer look at what is left for the Cleveland Browns in the 2019 season.
Cleveland must first and foremost figure on how to make OBJ a vital part of the offense. This season it seems OBJ is lost and does not know what Cleveland expects from him. Cleveland needs to get him involved in the offense early in games. It seems as the game goes longer he loses interested and Cleveland doesn't consider him an option to go too. When you got a talent like OBJ you must make sure he is involved from start to finish.
Another thing Cleveland must decide on is Head Coach Freddie Kitchens as well. Do they keep him or fire him? Kitchens has not done a very good job in my opinion. At times he looks totally lost. Cleveland needs to make sure this is the guy they want to move forward with for a long time. Is this the guy who will push Mayfield and make him a better player? Can he make players accountable for their actions as well? Lots of questions ownership must figure out.
Lastly, Cleveland has four games left and must finish strong. It gives the Browns a chance to prove this season was not a lost cause. By running the table the off-season will be a lot easier to take. If the Browns lose any of these games it's going to be a very long off-season.

Monday, November 25, 2019

No Wonder The Bengals Are Bad They Don't Know What They Want As Dalton Back As Starter

Well, the winless Bengals have decided that rookie quarterback Ryan Finley will head back to the bench while Andy Dalton is inserted back into the lineup. Finley struggled for the most part for the winless Bengals who are (0-11). The main reason the Bengals switch was to see what they had in Finley and I guess Zac Taylor had seen enough as he is headed back to the veteran Andy Dalton.

Dalton does give the Bengals some chance for a win, but the reality is the Bengals are a very bad football team. First-year head coach Zac Taylor is learning fast just how bad these Bengals happen to be. Just a few more losses and the Bengals will have the first pick in the upcoming draft sewed up.

The reality is no franchise wants to pick first as that tells you just how bad you happen to be. Cincinnati at one time was a very good franchise and one that was in the playoffs on a consistent basis. Now they are just a bad team that people circle as a win on the schedule. Hopefully, things will change for the Bengals in the future, but for now, they are one bad football team.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Baker Mayfield Walks Out Of Press Conference Say It Isn't So

It seems it just keeps getting worse for Baker Mayfield this season. He walked out of his press conference after he was not happy with some questions a reporter asked him. Baker has butt heads with this reporter before it seems. This is really no surprise as the season for Baker and the Browns continue to spiral out of control. Now one thing Mayfield has not learned yet is he cannot let reporters get under his skin. It just does not look good on him no matter if he is right. Reporters have a job and answering the questions no matter how dumb you think they may be is just part of your job.

Baker Mayfield is a young man that has a lot to learn and over time he will learn from this encounter with this reporter. Winning is what cures problems with the media. When you win they have less opportunity to ask you dumb questions. Right now the Browns are struggling and until they consistently start winning this will be an every week occurrence it seems.

Cleveland has a tough game in Denver and his single focus should be on them not a reporters questioning. Hopefully, Mayfield will learn that sometimes you have to play nice with reporters, but knowing Baker that's just not possible.


Friday, October 18, 2019

When The Hype Stops The Real Cleveland Browns Appear It Seems

The Cleveland Browns were given plenty of hype in the off-season and it seems the hype train has derailed already for Browns fans. Now the season is still early, but there was so much promise for the 2019-20 edition of the Cleveland Browns. What has gone wrong for the Browns this season? It can be narrowed down to a few things, and we will look at some of those things.

It all starts with the quarterback and Baker Mayfield has struggled with consistency and stays upright in the pocket. The offensive line has struggled and that has not helped Mayfield in his second year which was supposed to be his breakout season. When you have a young quarterback you must have every piece work together or they will struggle.

Cleveland has one of the best receiver group in the whole NFL, but they have not lived up to the hype as well. Why is that? Simply put it takes time to gel as a group and it may take a season together before you see any real success. OBJ, Jarvis Laundry are two of the best in the league and will be fine once they get more playing time together.

Out of everything so far this season the defense, in my opinion, has been the most disappointing unit of them all. They have had some injuries, but they are such a talented group. There is no excuse for giving up as many points and yards they have this season. They must get better if the Browns are going to improve this season.

Overall the Browns should be okay after next week's Patriots game. The schedule gets a lot easier which should help them out a lot. The bottom line is they must continue to improve every week if they want to be a playoff team.



Sunday, August 18, 2019

NFL Preseason Scores Week3

Thursday, Aug. 15

Philadelphia Eagles 24, Jacksonville Jaguars 10
New York Jets 22, Atlanta Falcons 10
Baltimore Ravens 26, Green Bay Packers 13
Cincinnati Bengals 23, Washington Redskins 13
Oakland Raiders 33, Arizona Cardinals 26

Friday, Aug. 16

Buffalo Bills 27, Carolina Panthers 14
New York Giants 32, Chicago Bears 13
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16, Miami Dolphins 14

Saturday, Aug. 17

Cleveland Browns 21, Indianapolis Colt 18
New England Patriots 22, Tennessee Titans 17
Houston Texans 30, Detroit Lions 23
Pittsburgh Steelers 17, Kansas City Chiefs 7
Dallas Cowboys 14, Los Angeles Rams 10

Saturday, August 17, 2019

NFL Preseason Schedule August 17, 2019

Cleveland Browns at Indianapolis Colts4 p.m.
New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans7 p.m.
Kansas City Chiefs at Pittsburgh Steelers7:30 p.m.
Detroit Lions at Houston Texans8 p.m.
Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Rams (at Honolulu)10 p.m.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Do You Really Want Antonio Brown On Your Team?

It looks like Antonio Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to have a messy break-up, didn't we all really expect that to happen anyways. Pittsburgh stands to get a good haul for a trade, but what team is willing to take on Brown and his baggage. I'm sure there will be a long list of teams who want him, but many who will stay far away.

Brown is a player that when on the field is one of the best wide receivers in the league. With that also comes the other issues such as a diva on and off the field as well. There will be times where he will publicly cause a scene and could divide the locker room. This is something that most teams will not want no matter the talent level.

The team that trades for Antonio Brown will have a solid locker room where they will not let Brown drive a wedge between them. The quarterback also will need to have a thick skin as Brown will point fingers if the ball does not come his way a lot. Brown is super talented, but in the end, is it worth the added headaches. I think lot's of teams will pass on Brown, but some will jump at the chance to trade for him.


Sunday, December 16, 2018

Baker Mayfield Keeps Browns Slim Playoff Hopes Alive With Another Win

Baker Mayfield keeps doing whatever it takes to win games and Cleveland Browns fans could not be happier. Mayfield did not play well in the Browns latest win a 17-16 up against the Denver Broncos on the road. People need to realize it does not matter what the score is or how bad you play it's all getting about getting the win. At Oklahoma Mayfield proved to be a winner and at this level, he has done that as well. I think great things will come from Baker Mayfield Browns fans just need to be patient as there will be highs and lows as well.
Overall Mayfield did make some mistakes and it was a sloppy game, to say the least. Cleveland made mistakes on both sides of the ball and that probably will continue for rest of the season. They are a young team and getting them to listen and follow directions sometimes can be a daunting task, to say the least. The key to the Browns and how well this resurgence will do is the coach. Will Gregg Williams stay at the helm or will they bring someone else in to run the team. By the way, the Browns are playing right now you may want to keep Gregg Williams around for a lot longer. Everything is clicking and sometimes it is best not to mess with a good thing.



Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Have We Seen The Last Of Joe Flacco As A Baltimore Raven

For the longest time, we have always know that Joe Flacco would be under center for the Baltimore Ravens. The last couple of seasons Flacco has battled injuries and this season was no exception. The Ravens needed a backup plan and that is why they drafted Lamar Jackson out of Louisville to be the backup. No one really expected Jackson to play much, but plans can always change at a moments notice. When Flacco went down Jackson was inserted into the lineup in hopes he could keep the Ravens afloat.

Jackson has done a great job and continues to do so week after week. No one expected Jackson to keep the job when Flacco was healthy again. Jackson has been on a roll lately and Coach Harbaugh had no choice but to go with the rookie. The chemistry on offense has been great and Harbaugh did not want to mess with the success Jackson has had. Where does this leave Flacco?

Joe Flacco has been a very consistent quarterback most of the time for the Ravens. Now that he is in a backup role will he be happy with it? I think he will not and could ask to be traded or release. I guess it all depends on how Joe Flacco wants to wind down his career.




Sunday, October 21, 2018

Browns Lose In Overtime Again But Have Issues Besides Just Hue Jackson

The Cleveland Browns lost again this time in overtime to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 26-23 on a 60-yard field goal. Now you can blame a lot of people for this loss and many people are asking for Hue Jackson to be fired. Now that's a possibility, but there are a lot more problems than just Hue Jackson. Does Hue Jackson deserve to be fired? That's an easy answer yes he should be with the record he has, but it goes much deeper than that for the Cleveland Browns.

The Buccaneers have an elite offense and they showcased that against the Browns defense that at times looked lost and confused. This has something to do with injuries, but you cannot commit penalty after penalty either. The Browns had so many penalties today many of them should not have happened. Encroachment and offsides and illegal procedure should not happen. You can blame coaching but in the end, it comes down to the players on the field. They know exactly what to do, but are not executing it very well.

John Dorsey has made many changes one was getting rid of players he felt were not winners. yes, the Browns are better this season, but they are still making the same mistakes they did when they were 0-16. A coaching change is probably the next step, but there are so many problems that need to be addressed as well. What has happened to the Browns defense it has been shredded the last two games? How about Duke Johnson? Johnson is frustrated and you cannot blame him one bit.  He was supposed to get more touches, but it looks the same in my opinion.

The Cleveland Browns have many issues internal and external. Hopefully, they can get it fixed soon if not it looks like another bad season in Cleveland.





Friday, October 19, 2018

Carlos Hyde Traded To Jags For 5th Round Pick

Carlos Hyde was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 5th round pick today. Hyde had to know the writing was on the wall if you ask me. Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson needed more carries and the only way that was going to happen is to trade Carlos Hyde. For the Browns this is something that may not turn out as well as they hope it does and here is why.

Everyone is looking at Nick Chubbs numbers and they are very impressive, but you also must factor in other things as well. Defenses were not designed to slow him down in their game plans, but that will stop with Hyde being traded. Chubb is a great talent, but it will be much tougher to knock off those big runs like he did early this season. Only time will tell how this works out for the Browns.

As far as Duke Johnson he does need to touch the ball more, but I do not think it should be as a runner. He cannot take the punishment of being an every down running back. Cleveland should consider making Johnson a slot receiver which would make matchup nightmares for opposing teams. The way it looks though that will not happen anytime soon.

It will be interesting to see how this trade works out for both teams. Hyde is a workhorse back and should do well in Jacksonville. For the Browns they are hoping that Chubb can carry the load like he did in Georgia. Only time will tell if the Browns made a good decision on trading Carlos Hyde.









Thursday, October 18, 2018

Browns And Buccaneers Both At Crossroads Already This Season

The Cleveland Browns and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter this Sunday at a crossroad in their respective seasons. For the Cleveland Browns after beating the Baltimore Ravens they felt they were headed in the right direction. That train got derailed last week with a drubbing at the hands of the Los Angeles Chargers. Tampa Bay started at like a house of fire, but that it seems was a long time ago. The Bucs are struggling to win ball games and many issues have cropped up for them as well. Today, we will take a quick look at both teams and what their major problems happen to be right now.

Tampa Bay has one of the best offenses in the NFL ranking either one or two most weeks. The Bucs can score points and a lot of them. One of there issues on offense is they virtually have no running game at all. This means teams know they are going to pass it to their talented core of receivers but no one seems to be able to stop it. You would think they would be at the top of there division because of it, but they are not. Tampa Bay has one of the worse defenses in the NFL. They give up huge chunks of yardage and points. This usually puts all the pressure on the offense to outscore their opponents. In today's NFL that just is not possible.

The Cleveland Browns have issues as well and are at a crossroad as well. After the drubbing by the Chargers, many things are starting to come out about this young Browns team. Words such as fragile and not on the same page are being heard. Injuries are also playing a role as well. Players like Jarvis Landry hasn't produced the numbers the Browns had hoped for to this point. Trading away Josh Gordon was probably not a good move considering the Browns injuries as wide receiver. This is a young team and when you start to lose finger pointing starts to come out. Baker Mayfield is not use to losing and that is why this week in Tampa is so important to both teams.

Tampa Bay and Cleveland both are at crossroads and which team will do enough to win this game. The losing team could find their season spiraling out of control. This is why both teams understand this is a must win this Sunday. The question is who will want it more Tampa Bay or Cleveland.





Sunday, September 9, 2018

Steelers vs Browns Who Wins The Opener?

The new look Cleveland Browns finally get to take the field today and remove the sour taste of a 0-16 season from their mouths and bodies. The problem is they will be facing one of the better teams in the NFL in the Pittsburgh Steelers who have a lot to play for themselves in this game. Let's take a closer look at the game and give our bold prediction on this game.

Let's take a look at the offenses of both teams:

Cleveland's offense is so much better this opener than last year. Cleveland signed Tyrod Taylor and have No.1 pick Baker Mayfield baking him up. Compared to last season a huge upgrade. Toss in wideout Jarvis Laundry and Josh Gordon and you have a potent offense. Maybe the biggest improvement may come in Todd Haley the Browns new offense coordinator. He is great at his job and will make a huge difference on this offense.

Pittsburgh, of course, has Big Ben still at the helm and Antonio Brown and some very good wide receivers to throw the ball too. There will be no LeVeon Bell for the Steelers, but they still have one of the best offensive lines in football. Pittsburgh will rely on Big Ben's arm and game management in this game.

ADVANTAGE: Steelers but not by much.

On defense, the Browns are heads and shoulders above the Steelers. Cleveland has spent money and draft pics on their defense and it shows. Myles Garrett is a beast and the linebackers are some of the best in the league. Steelers, on the other hand, has many holes in there defense and Cleveland should be able to score against them.

ADVANTAGE: Browns

Special teams are another area we must see improvement in the Browns. Last season they really had some issues. On the other hand, Pittsburgh special teams are usually in the Top 15 every year.

ADVANTAGE: Pittsburgh

PREDICTION: The Browns are so much better this season and look for this game to be really competitive. Pittsburgh knows they are going be in a dogfight in this one. I just think Pittsburgh being the veteran team will make just enough plays in the end to win. It will be close 31-28 Steelers.


Hank Aaron Passes Away At 86 A Legend Without A Doubt

 Today we lost one of the great ones as Hank Aaron passed away at the age of 86. Aaron was one of a kind and a true legend. One of the thing...