By Sterling Pingree •
September 23, 2018 12:13 am
By Sterling Pingree
(That is the principally unedited notes of Sterling Pingree in preparation of Friday’s version of The Drive.)
The Browns gained a soccer recreation Thursday night time, ending a drought of 635 days since Cleveland defeated the Chargers on Christmas eve 2016. However do you know, that recreation was performed on a Saturday, so the Browns final two wins have come on a Saturday and Thursday, NFL soccer is historically performed on Sundays. To seek out the Browns final victory on the Lord ’s Day, it’s a must to go all the best way again to December 13, 2015 over the 49ers, which was 1014 days in the past and is an lively streak. All three of those video games have been at residence, when was the final time the Brown gained a street recreation? 1077 days in the past, on October 11, 2015 at Baltimore, the Browns defeated the Ravens in additional time.
Stat of the day: The Browns are the primary group in NFL historical past with a .500 profitable proportion by means of 3 weeks of the season. Enjoyable reality, three extra groups might handle the identical feat this Sunday, if the Packers and Vikings lose and the Steelers win, there can be 4 groups with a .500 profitable proportion by way of 3 weeks of the NFL season. These types of issues by no means occurred with the previous extra time guidelines, so thank goodness they modified them. Historical past each week.
New Orleans Saints 1-1 at Atlanta Falcons 1-1
What’s improper with the Saints? Offense isn’t clicking, protection isn’t excellent. Misplaced to TB, squeaked by Cleveland in week 2, however Cleveland can now win video games so is that as dangerous because it appeared?
Falcons very a lot the identical, appeared anemic vs Philly on the street, residence candy dome, beat Carolina week 2. No Devonta Freeman, however Tevin Coleman could be the perfect again up RB within the league in an offense that wants it.
Inexperienced Bay 1-Zero-1 at Washington 1-1
Rodgers is enjoying on one leg and that is perhaps sufficient. This looks like a basic Alex Smith will get a win that doesn’t make lots of sense. Washington is the great dangerous workforce, gained’t beat good groups however underneath good circumstances, can beat equal or worse groups. Jay Gruden’s job protected? I virtually forgot he was nonetheless in Washington, doesn’t bode nicely for his job safety.
Indianapolis 1-1 at Philadelphia 1-1
Colts have seemed higher than I assumed they might, beat the Redskins, who could be dangerous, hung round Cincy although. Luck is perhaps wholesome.
Wentz beginning for Philly, feels just like the season is determined by how good he’s and the way shortly. Damage to Ajayi, he’s out, should depend on Corey Clement and Darren Sproles. Philly feels SB hangovery. Colts HC Frank Reich was in Philly final season.
Buffalo Zero-2 at Minnesota 1-Zero-1
The Payments are dangerous. Actually actually dangerous. That is the most important mis-match of the week and perhaps the season. Buffalo on paper ought to get shut out. Solely recreation Buffalo has an opportunity to win is perhaps certainly one of their two video games with the Jets now that Darnold is formally a “Jets QB”. If not it’d need to be at residence or the Lions in Orchard Park December 16th. That’s it, that’s the record.
Oakland Zero-2 at Miami 2-Zero
Raiders, going west coast, to east coast, 1pm recreation however can the Dolphins actually begin 3-Zero heading into week four with New England? Keep in mind the Dan Campbell recreation three years in the past once they have been the speak of the AFC and the Pats smacked them within the mouth on Thursday Night time Soccer? Raiders are a multitude, although virtually received win at Denver final week. I’m wondering what Dan Campbell is doing now?
Denver 2-Zero at Baltimore 1-1
Talking of which, is Denver good or enjoying dangerous groups? And which is Baltimore? Spanked Buffalo week 1 and obtained hit within the mouth vs Cincy. Baltimore doesn’t do one factor rather well. As Flacco goes, so goes the Ravens. Very restricted staff, however has an opportunity as a result of AFC North may be large open. The Ravens are like a used automotive you don’t need, however isn’t as dangerous as different used automobiles you’ve seen, doesn’t have many miles however that’s as a result of the engine has been rebuilt twice and cracked a head gasket final 4th of July.
Cincinnati 2-Zero at Carolina 1-1
Cincy has numerous velocity on each side, John Ross is turning into a participant. Dalton is a recreation supervisor. Dalton is the Marvin Lewis of quarterbacks, or Marvin Lewis is the Andy Dalton of coaches. It’s one or the opposite, both means, that’s true compatibility. (I hope Brady and Belichick are taking notes of Dalton and Lewis’s relationship.)
New York Giants Zero-2 at Houston Zero-2
The Giants are dangerous and Zero-2. Houston is sweet and Zero-2. Performed Pats and Titans, ought to have crushed Blane Gabbert final weekend, Invoice O’Brien is on the recent seat. Loads of expertise, will make a run to a wild card spot, however has to execute. Eli Manning seems to be AWFUL, a ton of weapons however can’t get the ball out. No offensive line. Barkley is admittedly good. I don’t need to watch this, recreation however would do it as a result of, nicely it’s soccer.
Tennessee 1-1 at Jacksonville 2-Zero
Titans are pretenders, can’t discover their footing, fortunate to beat Houston in week 2. Jacksonville driving excessive after beating the Pats. Do they let up right here? Jacksonville may need a strong house subject benefit. Little hangover potential right here for the Jags? I imply, they’re the primary NFL staff to need to play the week after profitable their Tremendous Bowl. That appears improper.
San Francisco 1-1 at Kansas Metropolis 2-Zero
Chiefs first house recreation of the yr, speak of the NFL. Final yr’s quarterback taste of the week Jimmy G towards this yr’s QB De Jour in Maholmes. Chiefs are good early within the season, however their protection is a dumpster hearth. They let a half Ben and AB come again on them final week from 21-Zero right down to make it shut in Pittsburgh. Surprisingly, that is the 1pm Fox recreation within the Bangor space and I’m okay with that. (Simply in case you have been questioning, CBS at 1pm has Raiders at Dolphins and Fox has the four:25p recreation, Cowboys at Seahawks. Apparently no one informed Fox it isn’t 2014.)
LA Chargers 1-1 at LA Rams 2-Zero
The Battle of Los Angeles! (Trademarked: Rage Towards Machine) Chargers obtained their first win, robust schedule to start out, Chiefs, Payments (no) and now Rams. Is that this actually a street recreation? Do both group have a stadium? Does both group have followers? Rams ought to have followers. Good check for Rams, they’ve pounded Oakland and the Cardinals to start out the yr, how good is that this workforce actually? Stealth greatest recreation of the weekend and would love to observe it, however we’ve got to observe “Dem Boys” not move the ball (as a result of they’re dangerous at it) towards the “Legion of Gloom”. Talking of gloom………
Dallas 1-1 at Seattle Zero-2
Neither workforce is sweet. Seattle can’t shield Russell Wilson, Dallas may be capable of rush the passer. Neither has receivers, Dallas has Zeke. Choosing Seattle based mostly off of the 12th man. If Seattle loses, the 12th man is completed, the Legion of Growth period is completed, Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson, are they subsequent????/ (Spoiler alert: They’re in all probability subsequent. Carroll isn’t a rebuilder, if this season goes south, the grumblings of Carroll retiring will begin. If you hear the grumblings, make sure to grumble again and provides me credit score.)
Chicago 1-1 at Arizona Zero-2
“They were, who we thought they were!!!!!! If you want to crown ‘em? Then Crown em! They were who we thought they were! And we let em off the hook!” Denny Inexperienced RIP. Bears’ protection appears actually good. Cardinals could be one of many 2-3 worst groups within the NFL, time to go together with Josh Rosen? Too quickly? Don’t fall into lure that Buffalo did with Josh Allen. Sam Bradford retains getting paid, what the heck!?! Sam Bradford is the Jamal Crawford of the NFL. Or Marcus Camby, inter-sports comparisons are by no means one to at least one.
Sunday Night time
New England 1-1 at Detroit Zero-2
Bounce again recreation for the Pats. Taking over Matty P, Lions have given up 78 factors within the first two video games to Jets and 49ers. What do the Lions do nicely? They will throw the ball. Will Pats have a cross rush? No Flowers and no Chung, that’ll harm the Pats in toughness as a result of each guys can thump. Clever harm his hand late within the Jags recreation, however seems like he’s going to be a go, however how efficient can he be?
The large query, will Josh Gordon play? That’s well worth the worth of admission itself, however I need to see Sony Michel in his second begin, this time not enjoying in 100 diploma warmth towards the Jags protection. Couple of temporary flashes from Sony final week, search for extra carries towards the Detroit front-seven.
One thing to observe for, Tom Brady and Drew Brees each enter week 3 with 493 profession passing contact downs, trailing solely Brett Favre with 508 and Peyton Manning with 539.
Monday Night time
Pittsburgh Zero-1-1 at Tampa Bay 2-Zero
The Steelers are a multitude and I’m choosing the Bucs. I can’t consider I’m saying the second half, first half I completely consider. Steelers have skated by on success and good vibes however Tomlin has an enormous drawback on his palms if he can’t flip this factor round and shortly. Will Bell play this season? In a stand off! Bucs are NOT for actual, they gained’t make the publish season, but when the Steelers go Zero-2-1 to start out the season? They’re taking a look at a troublesome street. As a result of that protection is HORRIFIC! Tomlin inherited an excellent group from Cowher and has been capable of keep the extent of success, however we’ve by no means seen how Mike Tomlin reacts when issues go fallacious. He’s all the time struck me as a little bit of a entrance runner, it’ll be fascinating to see what occurs if issues proceed to development within the path they’re going on and off the sector together with his largest stars.
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