Cleveland-Pittsburgh and Week 6 in the NFL

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Browns-Steelers… 2020 version… No one is giving the Browns ANY CHANCE this weekend when the Browns face the Steelers on Sunday. I have news for everyone… this game will be closer than people think. you look at the injury report and it is a who’s who of Cleveland players on the list. the most prominent of all are OBJ, Baker Mayfield, and Jarvis Landry, all listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, kickoff at 1:00 pm eastern. I have a feeling that despite all of the aches and pains these guys are feeling, they will be active come Sunday… the reason, of course, is because it’s PITTSBURGH, the most hated team on any Brown’s fans list. We have hated Pittsburgh for more than 50 years, and it will never be anything else BUT hate. I predict that the players will be more motivated for this game than any other game thus far on the schedule, it is an opportunity for them to take one more step towards taking control of the division and I BELIEVE they are up to the task… so GO BROWNS and beat Pittsburgh

A week 6 preview in the eyes of The Sports Nerd… many will agree, some will not, that doesn’t matter, because we all have our opinions, but this is what I see on the few major matchups leading up to week 6 of the NFL season:

Green Bay vs Tampa Bay – Brady vs Rogers… Aaron is on a mission, after being slapped in the face at the draft, where GB drafted his “potential” replacement he has played with a chip on his shoulder and seems determined to show that he has not lost a step. everything he has done this season has proven him right. At this time in history, at this time in the NFL… Aaron Rogers is a better QB than Tom Brady. He has a better arm, and he has a better mindset in 2020. Brady has the weapons, but Aaron has the talent. Packers come to Ray-Jay and beat the home team 35-28

LA Rams vs SF 49’ers – The 9ers have QB issues, and the Rams have the best DL in football (sorry Myles Garrett) in Aaron Donald. Jimmy is coming off an ankle injury and a poor performance last week against the Dolphins. Yes… THE DOLPHINS… The SF defense gave up 43 points to Fitzmagic and the Phin's last week so the run-heavy Rams are looking to take advantage of that. This one won't be pretty, the Rams will run the ball down the throat of the SF defense and Jimmy G will once again have a bad game…. Rams – 35-14

Kansas City vs Buffalo – The Chiefs added Le’veon Bell to their roster, though due to COVID-19 restrictions he will not play this weekend. the Chiefs looked vulnerable last week against the Chargers and Patrick Mahomes looked pedestrian against that suffocating LA defense. On the other hand, Buffalo got manhandled by Tennessee on Tuesday night and Josh Allen did not look good. so with both teams coming off losses in week 5, they will both be hungry for wins this week. I give the Bills a bit of an advantage because they are at home, but that really hasn’t played out as said advantage all season, mostly because of the absence or reduced amount of fans allowed in the stadiums. the Bills home-field advantage will not be an advantage this week as they will lose their 2nd straight game to a better team – sorry @jongolson … Chiefs – 35-30

Cleveland vs Pittsburgh – This is the only game I care about this week. Baker has sore ribs… Jarvis has a sore hip… OBJ was ill this week and held out of practice (COVID test negative). they are all listed as questionable as of this writing for the game on Sunday. I think they will all play, I believe the running game will dominate this game for both teams. Baker has a better arm right now than Ben does, but Ben always manages to get the ball to his favorite guys. Neither defense is playing particularly well right now, but the Browns offense has been clicking on all cylinders with 4 straight games of 30+ points per game. The Browns haven’t won in Heinz Field since 2003… that drought ends Sunday… Browns 31 – 24

It will be a good week for football… however I do wish that there were more than 2 late games this week… Makes for a difficult follow on RedZone. I may actually forgo RedZone after the early games and just watch Tampa and GB on Fox…

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