Cleveland Browns: DPD pick ’em pool Week 14 recap and predictions
By Andrew Seibt
The Cleveland Browns lost in heartbreaking fashion in Week 14, but some individuals were able to find success in the DPD pick ’em pool.
Week 14 brought us more crushing blows from an injury standpoint, and the Cleveland Browns even discovered a new way to lose. I didn’t even think that was possible.
The Philadelphia Eagles clinched the NFC East with a win over the Los Angeles Rams, and lost their franchise quarterback to an ACL injury. My loaded fantasy roster decided to take a dump in the first week of the playoffs. Life comes at you fast.
Here’s the updated rankings:
- Thomas Moore 135 points (9)
- Steven Kubitza 133 points (10)
- Andrew Seibt 132 points (11*)
- Joel Cade 131 points (7)
- Brandon Onda 130 points (8)
- Roger Cohen 128 points (10)
- Derek Bryner 118 points (0)
- Matt Stevenson 115 points (11)
- Joshua Dentler 109 points (6)
Congratulations to Matt, who tied for the highest point total this week with yours truly. I’m coming for you Steven.
Every pick from here on out matters, with only five picks separating the fifth seed from the top. That being said, here’s my picks for the week.
Denver at Indianapolis
Denver came to life against the Jets last week and are showing signs of life. Depsite Indy being at home I’m taking the Broncos, 17-13.
Chicago at Detroit
Detroit is at home and Stafford has been lights out with a newfound running game in Theo Riddick. Lions win, 31-20.
Los Angeles Chargers at Kansas City
Battle of the AFC West. It’s going to be a close one, but I’d be hard pressed to bet against Philip Rivers with how he’s played as of late. Chargers win, 37-31.
New York Jets at New Orleans
No Josh McCown and an angry Saints team at home coming off a Thursday Night loss to the Falcons smells like a blowout in the works. Saints win, 34-6.
Houston at Jacksonville
The Jacksonville defense is going to eat T.J. Yates alive. The Browns’ picks get even better as Jacksonville wins, 24-13.
Philadelphia at New York Giants
Carson Wentz is out and Nick Foles is in. Doesn’t change my prediction as the Eagles still have a talented roster. Eagles win 17-13 in an ugly game.
Miami at Buffalo
Miami rolled over the Pats in a surprise Monday Night win, and they’ll continue that against the Bills who have completely fallen off the radar since the benching of Tyrod Taylor. Dolphins win, 20-14.
Baltimore at Cleveland
DeShone Kizer had five turnovers last time these teams met. After the way the Ravens played against Pittsburgh there is no way I can pick the Browns to win. Ravens, 30-20.
Cincinnati at Minnesota
Minnesota is coming off a tough loss top Carolina and will rebound against the Bengals who got torn to shreds by Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. Vikings win, 28-10.
Green Bay at Carolina
If Aaron Rodgers plays, this game gets a lot more interesting. As I write this I am anticipating he plays, and I think the Packers win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Packers win, 27-24.
Arizona at Washington
Arizona won an ugly game at home against Tennessee, and Washington lost badly to the Chargers in LA. Gotta go with Captain Kirk in this one. Redskins win, 31-14.
Los Angeles Rams at Seattle
The worst rushing defense against a team that can’t run the ball. I expect a shootout between MVP hopefuls in Russell Wilson and Jared Goff. Seahawks win after a tough loss to Jacksonville last week, 34-31.
New England at Pittsburgh
My most anticipated game. New England is coming in after looking past Miami and Pittsburgh pulled out a close one vs Baltimore. I’m taking the Steelers, 27-24.
Tennessee at San Francisco
Jimmy G gets his third straight victory with his rag-tag band of misfits, 20-17.
Dallas at Oakland
Oakland has looked terrible for the latter half of the season. Dallas is coming back to life while finding their stride without Zeke. Cowboys win, 27-14.
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Atlanta at Tampa Bay
Atlanta’s offense is struggling, but Tampa Bay can’t stop anyone on defense. Atlanta wins big, 38-17.