By Around the NFL staff
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Week 8 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 aren’t for the faint of heart.
I have taken Marc Sessler’s dose of sobering reality. It was bitter and definitely not bubble gum-flavored. And I have come out an optimistic, and more importantly, bolder man. Which is good, because I’ll need it for this selection.
You see that header above? It’s two words long. Not since Kanye West declared himself Saint Pablo has one been bolder in as few words. That’s the state of the Browns in 2016. They’re the lone winless team in the NFL, they turned to Kevin Hogan — who was on the practice squad two weeks prior and ended up leading the team in rushing — in the middle of last week’s loss to Cincinnati, and in the final minutes of that same defeat, their head coach was so frustrated, he took off his headset for the afternoon.
Which means there is no better time than the present for the Browns to get off the schneid and stop flirting with sad history. The path to 0-16 ends abruptly Sunday when Cleveland’s bruised, battered but not defeated (only because there are more games to be played) defense harasses Ryan Fitzpatrickinto more interceptions, as the pile of picks inches closer toward causing an avalanche. The Browns bury the Jets, Cleveland rejoices and the Indians win the World Series. OK, maybe not that last part. But Cleveland wins in football. For one Sunday. That’s bold.
— Nick Shook
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