Josh Cribbs has absorbed a few massive, crushing blows that initiate the male animal instinct to jump up, wave a towel that was inexplicably sitting nearby, and yell OOOHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!1.
First, there was this…
That was in 2010, and it led to a concussion and a one-game absence. The James Harrison hit came early in a season that saw a weekly circus of head banging that eventually led to drastic off-season rules to curb the practice of launching at heads. Those rules were equally polarizing and protective, with blood thirsty fans saying they’re no longer entertained and they feared the demise of their gladiator sport, while the rest of us realized that evolution is a natural process of our civilized world.
This was scary. It starts with Dannell Ellerbe’s shoulder, and its forceful impact with Josh Cribbs’ head. Then there’s the flying helmet, leaving the head exposed as Cribbs bounces off the turf.
Amazingly, he walked off the field after laying motionless for a few minutes, and he seemed to be pleading with the Browns’ training staff, asking to stay in the game before leaving for the locker room. There was no penalty on the play since Cribbs was retuning a punt, and therefore wasn’t a defenseless player.
Consensus line: Ravens -12, total 44 Best line for CLE: Browns +13.5 – 5Dimes Best line for BAL: Ravens -11.5 – Bet365 Current betting percentage: 68% action on the Ravens, 54% on the UNDER
Individual Team Trends:
Browns are 6-0 ATS in their last six games after scoring less than 15 points in their previous game.
Browns are 9-19-2 ATS in their last 30 games following an ATS loss.
Ravens are 30-12-3 ATS in their last 45 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game.
Ravens are 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Under is 8-1-1 in Browns last 10 games following a S.U. loss.
Over is 7-0 in Ravens last seven games in September.
Under is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
Browns are 2-6 ATS in their last eight meetings.
Road team is 5-0 ATS in their last five meetings.
I wish I could say that tonight’s Thursday Night Football game is an intriguing matchup, but that would be an outright lie. The most intriguing part of tonight’s game will be seeing the REAL refs back in action, with Gene Steratore getting the call as tonight’s referee. As for the actual game, Baltimore has won eight straight games over their AFC North rivals, and the Browns enter this game as the only winless team in the AFC. Gambling was invented for games like this.
Alright, carrying on then. Let’s begin in earnest by saying that the title of this post is a partial lie. The prediction below inherently isn’t a truth, and instead it’s a partial truth, or a possible truth. It’s a prediction based on observations and very educated guessing, but nonetheless it could result in me eating a healthy diet of crow. Pigeon may have to suffice, because recent events involving traffic incidents have convinced me that our agreement with the pigeons is no longer valid, and crow wasn’t available for purchase at the local mini mart last night.
Whether or not I’m eventually laughably wrong is of lesser concern. Well, it is to me at least, because I’m more than happy to be the village jester pelted with sharp objects for your entertainment. Each week we’ll do this exercise in the hours before kickoff so that together we’ll walk through and explore a difficult roster decision. This week, our subject is Trent Richardson, and while he’ll produce average, serviceable numbers, there will be very little sex appeal with his Week 1 output…
Joe Haden might be suspended for four games to start the season. Or he might not be. Ahhh certainty, and the lack of it as it pertains to NFL suspensions. Without that, we’d know everything all the time, and therefore we’d oddly feel lost and afraid. The fun is in not knowing, fearing, projecting, and then having said prognostications torn apart because they were woefully incorrect.
Yesterday, we told you that Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson was visiting Dr. James Andrews to discuss possible surgery on his left knee to remove loose cartilage. Today, it’s being reported that he will, in fact, undergo arthroscopic surgery, and he could miss the entire preseason.
Stay safe out there, Cleveland. Don’t go near any motorized vehicles, bridges, or Popsicles. Don’t ask why you can’t have Popsicles when you’re depressed, just don’t do it. Also, avoid sunlight and microwaves.
This was to be the season of hope in Cleveland with the infusion of youth powered by Trent Richardson, Brandon Weeden, and Josh Gordon. And hell, it probably still is, and this alarm could be little more than the kind of panic that’s become a reflex among Browns fans, which happens when your team has had only one winning season since 1999. An addiction to hope develops, and the slightest dose of your chosen potent drug leads to a euphoric high better than anything Walter White’s lab can offer.
Or at least I can only assume that’s the drug’s affect, because as I’ve written previously, I spent a few days in Cleveland last summer, and that town sort of seems to enjoy its Browns football. That’s why it may be difficult to get an elevator to the top of the city’s two buildings right now.
Richardson, the third overall pick in last April’s draft, is visiting Dr. Death James Andrews to have his knee injury evaluated, according to Jason La Canfora, and cornerback Joe Haden could be suspended four games if it’s determined that he violated the league’s policy on steroids and related substances.