NFL Week 5 Thursday Night Pick & Analysis – FootballThursday, October 3, 2013 7:22
Pick and analysis of the 2013 NFL Week 5 Thursday night game.
THURSDAY NIGHT PICK
BUFFALO BILLS @ CLEVELAND BROWNS -4 (40.5)
Sometimes it isn’t easy picking against the spread between two teams playing better than most people thought they would.
Browns fans have to love new head coach, Rob Chudzinski who has seemingly changed the culture of incompetence and inconsistency forged by the overrated hand of Mike Holmgren.
The Cleveland defense from the line to secondary is playing consistently well, hitting hard, and becoming a force with which to be reckoned.
Enter the much traveled QB Bryan Hoyer, who has performed efficiently wherever he has been asked to play: good football intelligence, plays within himself, takes care of the ball, and accurate with his throws.
In Buffalo, the Bills first-year HC Doug Marrone showed he was the anti-Chip Kelly—his Syracuse teams weren’t playing in BCS bowl games—and still deserving of the job when he picked E.J. Manuel 16th overall, even though the draft-nik aristocracy had the former Seminole star rated as a third- or fourth-rounder.
When the Bills picked Manuel, Mel Kiper’s hair almost spontaneously combusted.
We now know a couple other teams had the Florida St. prospect in for a secret workout —including the Browns. They took OLB Barkevious Mingo 6th overall; look for the kid to make the difference in this one.
The spread is spot on, but I’m going with the Browns, who have a legit top five defense. Two of the Bill’s key offensive weapons are hurting—RBs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson—and E.J. Manuel can’t do it alone.
The Dawgs will be howling in Cleveland tomorrow night.
BROWNS 23, BILLS 17
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