August 26, 2014

Browns Bye Week: Winners and Losers

Who caught your eye? Did someone stand out? Who blew it? That’s what were interested in this morning. Winners and losers.

Just because your Cleveland Football Browns were given the week off doesn’t mean that we joined them. Plenty of football — both good and bad – to talk about, so let’s dig in…

WINNER: Jabari Greer, cornerback, New Orleans Saints — Needing a big play with the unbeaten Atlanta Falcons threatening to take a late-game lead with a fourth-and-goal play, it was Greer who stuck to Roddy White through an entire crossing route, jamming his arm in the way of the ball as both men fell to ground in the end zone. The Saints, with the dramatic home win, not only gave the Falcons their first loss despite a 441-yard effort from Matt Ryan, but kept their playoff hopes alive after a first-half that has been anything but ideal. Can they keep it rolling?

LOSERS: The New York Giants — Really? You’re the defending Super Bowl champions? Tom Coughlin’s crew was torched by Andy Dalton from the onset; let that one soak in. Eli Manning was roughed up for the second straight week, but the true issues exist in the secondary that only the Cleveland Browns could not find a way to exploit. The 56-yard first-quarter touchdown from Dalton to AJ Green was reportedly the 46th catch of at least 20 yards allowed by the Giants defense. This, my friends, is no way to live in a passing league.

WINNER: Adrian Peterson, running back, Minnesota Vikings — My knees creek when I get up to get something off of the printer. Peterson is just a few months removed from ACL surgery and is playing like he’s 23-years old. Peterson added another 171 yards on Sunday, his second consecutive game of at least 170 yards, taking him north of 1,100 yards in just 10 games.  If anything, this should give some solace to Browns fans who are concerned about the knees of Trent Richardson. Three cheers for modern medicine.

LOSER: The BCS — With Alabama losing to Texas A&M on Sunday, talks are that even if Kansas State and Oregon, presently ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively win out, No. 3 Notre Dame will find a way to sneak into the top two within the next two weeks and play for a National Championship. This could be a premature “loser” tag, but this is the reason that the four-team playoff is being instituted — the computer-toting, money-grubbing crooks have to be stopped. If one can’t find a narrative in a Kansas State-Oregon match-up (you know, considering that Collin Klein is presently the near-unanimous choice to win the Heisman) than it says more about them than it does the teams involved.

WINNER: Browns fans — Specifically those in the Cleveland area. You couldn’t possibly ask for a better weekend — 60 degrees, sun and no Browns to raise your blood pressure. Perhaps you even got something done around the house in between the bevy of games we were afforded with the Browns being on a bye.

Your turn, kids. Who are your bye week winners and losers?

  • mgbode

    as Bama taught us again this past weekend, don’t worry about issues with the BCS-system until the season plays out. plenty of time for everything to sort itself out (I’m calling Georgia v. K-State).

    Giants are winners. They are following the 2007 and 2011 model down to a tee. Mid-season swoon is in full effect and people are giving up on them. They have 2 more weeks before they need to kick it into high-gear like the Wayne Fontes post-Thanksgiving Lions.

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    Loser: Old-school WCO guys. Reid/Morhinwheg is one step closer to out in Philly after Dallas out-classed them (Dallas!). Sherman got his butt spanked with the rest of the Dolphins this week. And, Banner’s interview sure made it seem likely the coaching staff is in for an overhaul here (Shurmur, Childress, Jauron, Rhodes).

  • Harv 21

    Love your last winner, Scott. That was me.

    Winners I would add: all Browns rookies, getting a breather, and Taylor/Rubin to finish healing. You’d think the D-line should be ready to assert itself in Dallas as the team strength.

    Loser: Heckert. Just because he’s probably ready for this season done right now so he knows his fate. Instead, he’s probably talking constantly to Banner about what he’s done and what he’ll do, while simultaneously monitoring other teams’ potential openings come December’s Firing Squad Season.

  • NamedMyKidPrice

    Dont be suprised if Banner brings Morhinwheg in to interview for Shurmurs spot. I would rather have Gruden or Sean Payten but that is a pipe dream.

  • Jaker

    Loser: NOT THE BROWNS!!!!! Is it bad that I get this excited about Not losing football games? Soon enough Wins will come more often, but until then… BROWNS DON’T LOSE! BROWNS DON’T LOSE!!!!

    Winner: Saints. Good for you guys, right in the thick of the playoff race and now you get to play…

    Loser: Raiders. Man they look awful right now. I can’t wait for that stretch of Oak, KC and Was. TRich should get 100 touches there.

    Winners: Aggies. I didn’t know we were instituting College Ball here, which makes me happy because I’m a much bigger fan of college football than the NFL. I love A&M and their rich history of the 12th man and their dedication to service. Huge W for Johnny Football and the newest SEC team. Very excited or them.

    Winners: Bucs and Luck. Both teams are hot right now, and have a strong chance at the playoffs. Great story in Indy right now with CHUCKSTRONG.

    Loser: Our Draft position. I’m seeing some bad football around the league right now and I figure we still have at least 3 more Wins on our schedule. I think we will be drafting around 8, behind teams like KC, Jax, Oak, Car, Was( actually STL), Buf, and maybe STL. A few of those teams could be looking at QB ( which would be nice because we don’t need that). I was kind of hoping we would be in a position to trade down with a team that wants a QB, but that thought is fading fast. With no 2nd rounder, we need a “can’t miss” guy in the first round. My thought is go with the best defender available, with hope for Manti Te’o. I don’t think this is the case any more.

  • Wow

    Winner: NCAA or as I much as I hate to say it, the SEC for delivering another classic game.

    Winner: HS playoffs, in particular Ed’s-Mentor. In a quiet sports weekend, the HS kids were able to shine.

    Loser: NFL for delivering another bad weekend in what has been a lackluster season so far.

  • mgbode

    he is 50yo with a 5-27 HC record. I don’t think he’s on the list.

  • bossman09

    Unless we can draft a coach with our 1st round pick, I wouldn’t worry about it. Coaching will be worth more to the browns than a new franchise QB at this point. Weeden will get us 10 wins a season – all we need is a guard, LB, CB and safety. If we get one in free agency, we are set for 2013 – assuming we have a coach who can run a team.

  • Jay

    Winner: My front yard & the leaves on the curb waiting for pick-up. Thanks Bye Week.
    Loser: West Virginia University. From contender to pretender in 4 weeks (of 4 straight losses). Maybe leaving the Big East wasn’t suck a good idea.
    Winner: Texas A&M. I don’t hate Alabama, but I’ve been more than tired of hearing how great they are. Gig’ Em Aggies indeed.
    Loser: The local establishment where I watch Sunday Football. It was my Bye Week too. Sorry I saved some cash Sunday :)

  • SDA

    I sure hope not!

  • C-Bus Kevin

    Don’t worry about a BCS problem this year just yet. ND has a loss in them to finish out the year…most likely USC (wouldn’t be a shocker).

    To me, Kansas State and Oregon are clearly better than ND. If the Irish make the championship game, expect them to get throttled big time.

    Also, I just don’t want to see ND make the championship, because I feel like it will validate Brian Kelly’s decision to leave UC. As a UC fan (brother went there), it seemed like Kelly left because he always wanted the ND job, but also because the sting of going undefeated and NOT making it to the championship would repeat itself at UC. If he gets in with ND, I just imagine him sitting back in his office chair saying, “now THAT’S more like it.” Ugh…

    And I’m not usually much of a sports hater. I wouldn’t have even been upset had he left UC for ND after the season. Who wouldn’t turn down the ND gig along with a HUGE pay raise? It was the way he left…before the BCS bowl game. UC is, and probably will remain, the only team to make a BCS game and have their coach bolt before it’s played. He left those guys high and dry…classy.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    Don’t worry about a BCS problem this year just yet. ND has a loss in them to finish out the year…most likely USC (wouldn’t be a shocker).

    To me, Kansas State and Oregon are clearly better than ND. If the Irish make the championship game, expect them to get throttled big time.

    Also, I just don’t want to see ND make the championship, because I feel like it will validate Brian Kelly’s decision to leave UC. As a UC fan (brother went there), it seemed like Kelly left because he always wanted the ND job, but also because the sting of going undefeated and NOT making it to the championship would repeat itself at UC. If he gets in with ND, I just imagine him sitting back in his office chair saying, “now THAT’S more like it.” Ugh…

    And I’m not usually much of a sports hater. I wouldn’t have even been upset had he left UC for ND after the season. Who wouldn’t turn down the ND gig along with a HUGE pay raise? It was the way he left…before the BCS bowl game. UC is, and probably will remain, the only team to make a BCS game and have their coach bolt before it’s played. He left those guys high and dry…classy.

  • MrCleaveland

    WINNER: Me. I’ll echo some of you other guys. Got the last grass cut in and the lawnmower cleaned up and put away, then got the snow blower all oiled up and ready to go. Bring it on!

    LOSER: St. Ed. The No. 1 team in the state lost by a basketball score to Mentor. The game was televised live Saturday night, and it was great.

  • mgbode

    Isn’t his decision already validated? Undefeated Cincinatti barely gets noticed and no outrage over not getting included in the national championship (or discussion really).

    If ND doesn’t make the game, then it will be a HUGE discussion. Maybe most people believe the right teams make it, but it’ll get people fired up and talked about (and we have seen how that can affect polls in subsequent years).

    and, the whole system is corrupt. if he doesn’t get started at ND, then he’s putting himself in a hole with recruits for the Feb signing day. that can affect him on the field and have ramifications on his job security. i don’t like it either, but the whole things stinks.

  • porckchopexpress

    Loser: The Ole Porkchopexpress. No Browns, no Steelers = One long slow afternoon, standing around a half filled bar, questioning how many bloody mary’s it would take to make me care to listen to the few stragglers stories about their fantasy teams. The answer: Same as the number of licks to get to the center of a tootsie pop.

  • Garry_Owen

    So, three?

  • WFNY_DP

    Winner: Browns. Did you see the Cowboys on Sunday? Opposing QBs and offenses had been lighting the Eagles up for weeks, and Vick was knocked out of the game. it still took the Cowboys until the fourth quarter to pull away, and they did it on a punt return and INT return (of a rookie QB). Am I wrong for thinking the Browns could win this game?

  • Kildawg

    Loser: Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers: they actually let the Chiefs! have a lead and the game goes into OT! Roethlisberger gets hurt right before three straight division games and all this was in Pittsburgh.

    Winner: Pat Shurmur: Short-Bus Shurmur still has the job of Cleveland Browns Head Coach until 2013 at the latest.

  • JHop

    Will we be able to draft Chip Kelly since he’s most certainly coming out of college?