Cleveland Browns: DPD pick ’em pool Week 9 recap and standings update

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Cleveland Browns fans had a relaxing Sunday of football during the bye week, hopefully enjoying the time away from the winless first half.

Week 9 didn’t bring a Cleveland Browns loss, but it did bring a loss for the PR department of the Browns.

The Browns didn’t even have to play a game for them to lose during the bye week.

This week did however create some separation at the top of the standings, where Joel Cade took the reigns and asserted himself as a top pick ’em player this week, picking 10 games correctly, which was the highest by two picks.

Here are the current standings:

  1. Thomas Moore 83 pts (7)
  2. Joel Cade 82 pts (10*)
  3. Steven Kubitza 81 pts (7)
  4. Andrew Seibt 78 pts (7)
  5. Brandon Onda 78 (8)
  6. Derek Bryner 77 pts (8)
  7. Roger Cohen 75 pts (5)
  8. Joshua Dentler 67 pts (6)
  9. Matt Stevenson 65 pts (5)
  10. Jonathan Goehring 46 pts (5)

Three picks now separate the top three from the rest of the field, with the middle of the field being quite close. There are only eight picks total that separate the seven seed from the one seed.

I thought I might be in for a good week considering I changed my Thursday Night Football pick to the Jets, who ended up blowing out the Bills at home but again it was another pedestrian week for me.

We all didn’t think Captain Kirk Cousins was going to go into Seattle and upset the Seahawks at home, but lo and behold it cost everyone a correct pick as no one picked Washington to win. There weren’t many unanimous picks this week, as the games were quite competitive.

The majority of us picked Tennessee over Baltimore and were correct on that front, but a majority of us also took Houston over Indy in a game that ended with Jabaal Sheard causing a fumble on the last play of the game which was recovered by Barkevious Mingo. The old Browns are helping out the new Browns by helping Houston lose and making those precious Houston draft picks that much more valuable (for a trade down).

New Orleans ran rough-shot over Tampa Bay as Jameis continues to disappoint in what was supposed to be a breakout year, and Jared Goff and the Rams continued their quick rebuild while putting 51 points on the Giants.

I couldn’t imagine a Browns game where they put up 51 points in a game and both quarterbacks available to the Browns in the 2016 draft hung that on their respective opponents. (I know Goff went No. 1 but the Browns could have traded up if they wanted him so bad).

Next week’s games look a little easier with Seattle headed into Arizona on Thursday night, and is capped off with the has-been rivalry of the Pats and Broncos with a certainly less-exciting Monday night game between the Dolphins and the Panthers.

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Don’t forget to make your picks and good luck!