Sunday, October 01, 2006

Here we go Brownies! Here we go! WOOF ! WOOF!

For the first time in the '06-'07 season, the Browns are prepared for a game in which the outcome is actually somewhat in doubt. Actually, there shouldn't be too much doubt about this one. The Browns should win and win big. I think my pal, the Rhino, has gone back to his pessimistic ways with his prediction. Me, I think this game should be a piece of cake.

The Browns should win 24-10. Chuckles and the boys will get to pretend that they're a big time offense for 60 minutes. The Raiders are the class of the NFL when it comes to ineptitude.

The only real advantages the Raiders have going into the game are home field and Maurice Carthon. Even though their team sucks, the fans will be out and boisterous as hell. After all, the Raiders' fans are just as hungry for a glimmer of hope as those forlorn souls littered around the north coast. The young guys can't let the noise or change in time zones distract them. The second point can't be easily dismissed. To be blunt, Carthon sucks. Admittedly, it's hard to make an offense go with a suspect line, but he knew or should have known what he had on the line from day one or he should have been able to adapt, both in the short term, as well as long. In addition to his poor use of available personnel in important situations, his choice of plays and when he chooses to run them have been strange. That's a pretty lethal combination. Carthon needs to show his next employer that he's not the worthless bum the people in Cleveland think he is. I think he'll do a passable job only because the Raiders will give the offense so many chances.

So, the Browns should win, and the Raiders should have their choice between Brady Quinn and Troy Smith. The Browns are going to be a good bet to be in the spot to get the other one, but that's for another day.

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