The Browns are 0-12. The only team in NFL history to go 0-16 was the 2008 Lions. The only other winless team in a non strike-shortened season since the league merged was the 1976 Buccaneers who lost every single one of their 14 games.
So, Cleveland is potentially about to join some exclusive company. For the last several weeks, I‚Äôve thought the best opportunity for the Browns to pull off a win was this week vs. the Packers. Since Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone in Week 6, backup quarterback Brett Hundley has mostly struggled. He has had good moments, nearly beating the Steelers in Week 12 by throwing three touchdowns and rushing for 76 yards in last week‚Äôs victory against the Buccaneers. But it‚Äôs possible to see the Browns winning this game, mostly because Hundley is in there and Rodgers is not.
Yet, Cleveland‚Äôs run defense is also No. 6 in the league, and if the Browns can make Green Bay more one-dimensional and force Hundley to make plays, they‚Äôd have a chance. But if the Browns lose this one‚ÄĒand I‚Äôm picking them to do exactly that‚ÄĒthey‚Äôll likely have one more shot a victory at Chicago in Week 16. Otherwise, history awaits, and it‚Äôs a stain that won‚Äôt ever be removed.
As usual, check out Pickwatch‚Äôs John Halpin‚Äôs full slate of Week 14 picks¬†and Upset Watch by Shaun Lowrie. Now, here are a few of mine (If I‚Äôm right, make sure to congratulate me @jkatzo on Twitter).
1)Bet your life savings on this game*
Patriots at Dolphins
Sometimes, it‚Äôs a struggle not to put the Patriots in this spot every single time they play another AFC East opponent. This week, though, I had to do it, because I had a tough time feeling confident with any other game. And this one seems like a gimme. A word of caution, though. The Dolphins have won three of their last four vs. New England when the game is played in Miami. But that‚Äôs not enough to dissuade me from betting it all on a Patriots win.
Straight up: Patriots
Against the Spread: Patriots -11
2017 record for the ‚ÄúBet your life savings‚ÄĚ game: 10-3 S/U and 6-7 ATS
2)This game scares the hell out of me
Jets at Broncos
Remember when the Jets were 3-2, and so many pundits, including me, were marveling at how a team that was predicted to be one of the worst in the league somehow had made themselves into a solid squad? Remember when the Broncos were 3-1, and many of us thought they, once again, would have a good chance to win the AFC West? Well, since Week 5, these two squads have combined to go 2-13. So, yeah, it‚Äôs been putrid. Now, who wins this one? If the game were played in New Jersey, I‚Äôd go with the Jets and feel good about it, especially after their upset of the Chiefs last week. But it‚Äôs in Denver, so I‚Äôm not sure. I‚Äôll go with New York, I suppose, and hope for the best.
Straight up: Jets
Against the Spread: Jets -1
2017 record for the ‚ÄúScares the hell out of me‚ÄĚ game: 8-5 S/U and 8-5 ATS
3) Fun game of the week
Ravens at Steelers
After the Steelers made their impressive comeback victory vs. the Bengals on Monday night, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was asked about how violent that particular game had been. Said Roethlisberger matter-of-factly: It‚Äôs ‚ÄúAFC North football.‚ÄĚ Well, if you liked that physical nature of that game‚ÄĒwith the exception of the helmet-to-helmet shots that resulted in fines for members on both teams‚ÄĒyou‚Äôll probably enjoy the Steelers-Ravens game. The Steelers are one of the best squads in the AFC North, and the Ravens are battling for a Wild Card playoff spot. Should be a fun one to watch.
Straight up: Steelers
Against the Spread: Ravens +5
2017 record for ‚ÄúFun game of the week‚ÄĚ: 9-4 S/U and 7-6 ATS
2017 record for every game picked in this column: 27-12 S/U and 21-18 ATS
NO over ATL¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† NO -1.5
MIN over CAR¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† MIN -2.5
DET over TB¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†no line
BUF over IND¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ¬†¬†no line
CIN over CHI¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† CIN -6
GB over CLE¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† CLE +3
HOU over SF¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† HOU -2.5
KC over OAK¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† OAK +4
DAL over NYG¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† DAL -4
TEN over ARI¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† TEN -3
NYJ over DEN¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† NYJ -1
LAC over WAS¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† WAS +6
LAR over PHI¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† LAR -2
JAC over SEA¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† JAC -3
PIT over BAL¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† BAL +5
NE over MIA¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† MIA +11
*Don‚Äôt really bet your life savings. Please.