Dec. 18, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Detailed view of a Cleveland Browns helmet sitting on the field against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Browns 20-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Browns vs. New England Patriots Gameday Thread

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Nov 24, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell (17) throws a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 24, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Jason Campbell (17) throws a pass against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns take on the New England Patriots in a game that means a ton more to one team than the other.  New England with its 9-3 record is looking to win the rest of their games in the hopes of securing one of the playoff bye’s heading into the playoffs.  Running back Stevan Ridley is active today, ending speculation that he would stay in coach Bill Belichick’s doghouse for his recent fumbling problem.  Ridley is a huge part of why the Patriots are 9-3, and why the running game has been so potent for the Patriots in 2013.

On the other hand, you have your Cleveland Browns.  After losing to the Jaguars last week, and then Jacksonville beating the Texans on Thursday Night, the Browns have moved up a spot in the pecking order so far in the 2014 NFL draft sweepstakes.  It’s a very touchy subject when talking about possibly wanting them to lose out and get the highest draft spot possible, as opposed to fighting hard and finishing the season with a few wins to end on a high note.

Whichever way you think is the proper course, we will leave you with this thought.  For the past many years, the Browns always win just enough games to land in the 6-10 bracket of the first round.  By consistently finding themselves in this position, they have missed out on the so-called “Franchise” quarterback too many times to count.

Is it time to just take one on the chin, so maybe we can end this groundhog day in Cleveland?  I think so….

-MR(@puckelves) Instagram: Elves73

 

Browns inactives: QB Brandon Weeden, QB Alex Tanney, WR Josh Cooper, OL Martin Wallace, OL Garrett Gilkey, OL Reid Fragel, TE Keavon Milton

Patriots inactives:  LB Steve Beauharnais, WR Aaron Dobson, RB Brandon Bolden, DL Jake Bequette, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, WR Kenbrell Thompkins and OL Marcus Cannon

 

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