To be honest, you could put any year in that title since the Browns came back into the league in 1999. Don’t get me wrong, there were a couple of decent seasons in there: 2002 when they came within a hair of beating Pittsburgh in the Wild Card game; 2007 where they lost out on a playoff spot due to a tiebreaker; and, um, ok well that’s it. So of course it made perfect sense that Tom Brady’s first game back after his four-game suspension would be against the Browns. Of course. This could go one of two ways: either the Patriots drop a 60-burger on the Browns and they take out a lot of frustration on them or Brady and the Patriots struggle but still win by like 10 points but it’s close most of the way. Either way, I don’t see any feasible way that Cleveland wins this.
OK let’s get to the TV schedule followed by airing of grievances (and potentially feats of strength):
|NY Jets at Pittsburgh||Seattle, Spokane, Rochester||BC, Alberta||CITL|
|New England at Cleveland||Cleveland, Buffalo, Burlington, Boston||All affiliates (except BC, Alberta, Winnipeg)||CKPR, CHEX, CKWS|
|Houston at Minnesota||Minneapolis||Winnipeg|
|Tennessee at Miami|
|Chicago at Indianapolis|
|Philadelphia at Detroit||Detroit, Buffalo, Rochester||TSN1/3/4/5|
|Washington at Baltimore|
|Cincinnati at Dallas||All affiliates (except Spokane, Buffalo, Rochester)||All affiliates (except Kitchener, Toronto, Atlantic)||Atlantic||CKPR, CHEX, CKWS, CITL|
|San Diego at Oakland||Spokane|
|Buffalo at Los Angeles||Buffalo, Rochester||Kitchener, Toronto|
|Atlanta at Denver||Tacoma, Seattle, Spokane, Minneapolis, Burlington, Boston||TSN1/3/4/5|
|NY Giants at Green Bay||Sunday, 8:30, NBC/TSN1/3/4/5|
|Tampa Bay at Carolina||Monday, 8:30, TSN 1/3/4/5|
Airing of Grievances
- Only three games not airing anywhere in Canada this Sunday (excluding you ritzy Sunday Ticket and RedZone people). And really, none of the three games would probably be interesting anyway.
- Good news: There is no afternoon game in Tampa this week.
- Again no real marquee games to speak of (this seems to be an ongoing theme) but several pretty good games. Jets-Steelers, Bengals-Cowboys, and the RETURN of Touchdown Tom are easily the three highlights for the CBS/FOX portion of the schedule.
- We need some better primetime games. Giants-Packers doesn’t exactly do much for a lot of fans despite the fact the NFL drools all over the New York market. I get that but at the same time, when the Giants and Jets are both below-average at best, having a huge market won’t bring more eyeballs to screens.
- Bucs-Panthers, on the other hand, makes the Sunday Night affair look like, well, like a Super Bowl. Let’s just hope one of these two games (if not both) end up going down to the wire.
Picks n’ Things
My picks have become pretty bad. First two weeks went well. Last two, much less well. Let’s see if I can get back to form. Not my form; more like someone who is good at this. Their form.
Pittsburgh over NY Jets
New England over Cleveland
Minnesota over Houston
Miami over Tennessee
Indianapolis over Chicago
Detroit over Philadelphia
Washington over Baltimore
Dallas over Cincinnati (mini-upset of the week)
Oakland over San Diego
Los Angeles over Buffalo
Denver over Atlanta
Green Bay over NY Giants
Carolina over Tampa Bay
I have updated the college schedule a bit if you haven’t seen it. Hurricane Matthew has played havoc with a lot of things including, most notably, people’s lives. A minor inconvenience in all this has been the scheduling of college football games in the southeast. A few games postponed. One moved to Sunday. One probably cancelled which could cause some issues if the stars align properly. In the end, though, better for everyone to be safe. Remember, football is just a game. A fun, fun game for us to watch copious amounts of. At least I will be. Enjoy the games everyone!