By The Numbers: Week 12, 2016


The skid continues. After a decent first half, only trailing 10-13, the Packers looked like they’d be able to close out a game for the first time in a month. But no, fate would not have it that way. By the end of the game, an 18 point deficit was too much to over come. It’s odd, considering we had Starks, Matthews, and a few other injured players missing in prior weeks back on the field, but it just wasn’t enough. The Packers are bombed and depleted, and it feels like the season could be over. But, there is still hope. The Vikings and Lions are both 6-4, and there are a few weeks left for them to drop a couple of games. At 4-6, the packers basically have to win out to even come close to hitting the playoffs, but could still go in with a 9-7 record if the rest of the cards fall just right. The only way they’re making the playoffs this year is if they win the division though, unlike other years where 10-6 or 9-7 would have been okay to get you into the playoffs as a wildcard. That doesn’t look to be the case this time around.

I thought I’d be really disappointed if we nosedived like this but it’s not bothering me all that much to be honest. You can’t expect to win all the time. You can’t expect to make the playoffs every year. If we don’t this will be the first time in 8 years, only missing the playoffs twice in ten years is something a Browns fan would kill for. It would also be kind of nice to get a higher draft pick for next year. I know injuries happen, but it seems to be the same song and dance year in and year out for this team. So here’s hoping they can pull some magic together to end this season. Hell, maybe we get hot in December and make a run. That was my thought early this season, and it hasn’t quite panned out but it is what it is. We shall see. Here’s my picks for the week:

Lions 27, Vikings 24
Cowboys 30, Redskins 20
Steelers 26, Colts 19
Falcons 27, Cardinals 20
Ravens 20, Bengals 14
Bills 23, Jags 20
Titans 26, Bears 13
Giants 42, Browns 7
Texans 21, Chargers 20
Dolphins 19, 49ers 10
Saints 32, Rams 20
Seahawks 28, Buccs 21
Patriots 34, Jets 17
Raiders 27, Panthers 16
Broncos 30, Chiefs 24
Packers 24, Eagles 17