The Browns, as they seem to do every week, find themselves among the weekend’s worst bad beats. Cleveland opened as a 6-point underdog, before it was bet all the way down to 2.5 by kickoff. So, unless you got the Browns on the opening line, you walked away from this game wondering why you even bothered wasting money on a team that is now 1-28 under Hue Jackson.
However, the Packers rallied to force overtime behind a pair of 1-yard touchdowns, including a Brett Hundley-to-Davante Adams score with just 17 seconds left.
The Ravens have found their identity of Alex Collins’ physical running and their defense’s consistent pounding. But they’ll need Joe Flacco to find his one-time clutch self to knock off the Steelers in Heinz Field to stay in the AFC North race. Without Jimmy Smith, however, Baltimore won’t have answers for Antonio Brown, and a heavy dose of Le’Veon Bell will ring it home for Pittsburgh.
In Week 2, even before the Seahawks defense was gutted by injury, the 49ers made them sweat it out in Seattle. It’s tough to imagine Russell Wilson and Co. being held to 12 points by the 49ers, even in Santa Clara (not that it’s ever been a home-field edge for them). And that defense will still submit C.J. Beathard to another trial by fire, reminding everybody why the 49ers are in no rush to subject Jimmy Garoppollo to any of that yet.
The Rams will miss Robert Woods this week, but they will be mildly relieved that they’re facing the Saints’ off-and-on defense instead of the constant threat the Vikings imposed last week. The Saints, though, are closing the gap on the Rams in terms of offenses that can truly score at will, as the win over Washington attests. They’ve rushed for 150 yards or more in five of their last six games. The Rams can’t afford to let that continue.