Friday, November 5, 2010
ESPN's Patriots-Browns prediction roundup
A roundup of how ESPN’s analysts see Sunday’s Patriots-Browns game playing out:
* ESPNBoston.com’s Mike Reiss: Patriots 20, Browns 17. I think this is going to be a dogfight. Or maybe I should say "Dawg fight," given that the game is in Cleveland. I see Eric Mangini throwing everything he can at the Patriots -- from fake field goals to onside kicks to one-man rushes -- but in the end, I just think New England has too much talent. The discrepancy at quarterback tilts it in the Patriots' favor.
* ESPNBoston.com’s Tedy Bruschi: Patriots 35, Browns 14. Joshua Cribbs will make an exciting play for the Browns on special teams, but it won't be enough. Eric Mangini and the Browns are trying to rebuild that organization with many of the lessons he learned in New England. They're getting better, but the Patriots are the "big boy" version.
* Adam Schefter, ESPN NFL Insider: Browns over Patriots. Cleveland seems to play its best football against good teams, evidenced by the fact that they've beaten the defending Super Bowl champion each of the last three years, including the New Orleans Saints on the road two weeks ago. I think they're coming back home. I think that they're coming off a bye week. I think the Patriots are coming off a game that took some things out of them, a great win over the Minnesota Vikings, where everybody thought a game like that could go either way. I just think that Cleveland is this tough, crafty football team. New England's the best team in football right now. You're not going to get an argument from me on that. I just think on one Sunday, I think it's going to be a tough game for them.
* Bill Simmons: Patriots (-4.5) over BROWNS: It's time to answer for Santino, Carlo.
* ESPN experts: Seven of the eight experts pick the Patriots to beat the Browns (only Schefter picks Cleveland).
* Sunday Countdown: Keyshawn Johnson, Mike Ditka, Cris Carter and Tom Jackson all pick the Patriots.
* Madden simulation: Patriots 28, Browns 13. Are the Patriots the best team in the NFL right now? It sure looks that way as they continue to play excellent football, beating the Browns 28-13 thanks to three touchdown passes from Tom Brady. Wes Welker adds seven catches for 74 yards and a score to help New England extend its winning streak to six games.