By Around the NFL staff
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Week 6 of the NFL season is upon us, and that means it’s time for another round of bold predictions. As always, this week’s edition of fearless prognostications includes a macho helping of audaciousness and abandon as we head into Sunday and Monday’s contests. Warning: these predictions are not for the faint of heart.
A myriad of quarterbacks lead Browns to first win
The Browns have had their starting quarterback complete exactly two games healthy — a 30-24 overtime loss to the Dolphins and a 31-20 loss to the Redskins — this season, and have had a total of four signal-callers take the field. One of those was among Nashville’s most attractive and is also no longer on the roster. Another is dealing with a fractured coracoid bone, which I’d bet 85 percent of the football-watching world didn’t know about until Tuesday of Week 2. The point is, stability and Browns quarterbacks are water and oil.
That’s what makes this week so intriguing. Cleveland will see Cody Kessler, who couldn’t finish last week’s blowout loss to the Patriots due to injury, once again take the field as the starter. The Browns recently lost one of their best two linemen in Joel Bitonio, making the unit even more of a sieve than it already was. We’re not out to predict health problems, but we will venture to say that not one, not two, but three quarterbacks will take snaps for Cleveland on Sunday. We’ll see the usual mix of Kessler and gadget QB Terrelle Pryor, and even get a glimpse of Hollywood Kevin Hogan, recently promoted from the practice squad, because at this rate, it’s safer to expect the unexpected with the Browns. But there’s good news! The trio of quarterbacks — dare we say former emergency QB Andrew Hawkins also gets in the mix?! — leads the Browns to an improbable road win over the Titans in Tennessee, where Cleveland has historically secured wild victories on the backs of Brian Hoyer and Travis Benjamin, and Tim Couch and Dennis Northcutt. This time, it comes on the backs of Kessler, Hogan, Pryor, Hawkins — heck, even break out Ricardo Louis and Rashard Higgins. Why not give the winning field goal to Cody Parkey, who’s due for some redemption? It’s going to take a village to finally get the Browns off the schneid.
— Nick Shook
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