For the first time since Blaine Gabbert led the Jacksonville Jaguars into Browns Stadium last November, Browns Nation enters a real NFL game with legitimate expectations of victory. Today it’s in Indianapolis against the Colts, a team in the early stages of a rebuild that’s lost its head coach Chuck Pagano to a battle with leukemia, and also about half of its starters on the defensive side of the ball thanks to an array of injuries. Six of seven Plain Dealer panelists are calling for a Browns win, twelve of the thirteen who’ve weighed in on the match-up in our Cheddar Bay Reality Football contest have picked the Browns to cover the 2-point spread, and according to ESPN’s Dave Tuley, even “the sharps and bigger bettors [in Las Vegas] are on the [Browns today].”
“What do the Browns have to do to get more support?,” Tuley asks. “They covered on the road against the Ravens, they had the Giants on the ropes [LOL] before losing the cover late in that game two weeks ago, then they ran over [LOL] the Bengals last week. Trent Richardson has been upgraded to probable; he should have a huge game if he plays.”
What do the Browns have to do to get more support? What do the Browns have to do to get more support?
Pounding the decimated Colts and their 29th ranked rush defense would be a start. Our NFL picks for today’s games are here, best wishes to Jason Pinkston, and the rest is your Shurmurball open thread for Browns v. Colts.