Week 8 Early, Early Game: Kizer So-So!

Sunday, October 29

Minnesota (4-2) -9.5 vs. CLEVELAND (0-6) - played in London

On Wednesday, the Browns named DeShone Kizer "Soze" (I actually miss early 90's Chris Berman and his silly nicknames) the starting QB for Sunday’s game in London. This is three short days after "Kizer Soze" was benched for his on-field performance and questioned post-game for his off-field decision to stay out past 2 am Friday evening. He threw 2 more picks on Sunday bringing his season total to 11. The first ruined a promising drive at the end of the first half that should have resulted in points. The second came on the first drive of the second half, giving the Titans excellent field position for another field goal. Eliminating either mistake would have led to a Browns win in regulation. Not a very "Keyser Soze" worthy perfermance. We're downgrading him to "Kizer So-so".

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The only bright spot on the afternoon for the Browns was the play of Cody Kessler. He was marginally better than "Kizer So-so", throwing 50% less interceptions. More importantly, he limited mistakes and kept the Browns in the game setting up a crushing overtime loss to keep them winless on the season.

Why are the Browns starting Kizer over Kessler? Do they think he finally learned the playbook? No way! Do they believe in his talent? Not sure! Are they finally going to commit to a young QB and let him work things out? They've already benched him three times. Well done Kizer So-so, you've pulled off the world's second greatest trick.

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To date, there have been three games in London this season:

  • Week 3: Jaguar 44, Ravens 7
  • Week 4: Saints 20, Dolphins 0
  • Week 7: Rams 33, Cardinals 0

Recognize a pattern? We do which is why we are loading up on Minnesota -9.5. Minnesota’s D is 4th in the league in yards allowed per game and 5th in the league in points allowed per game. They are tied for 19th in total takeaways with 8. Expect that to increase by at least 50% this week as the Browns lead the league with 19 giveaways (17 INTs, 2 Fumbles) and with a turnover +/- of -11.

Also of note, Browns suffered two significant injuries in Week 7.

  • All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas tore his left triceps and is out for the season. This ends a streak of 167 consecutive starts for Thomas and more impressively, 10,363 snaps. In his 11-year career, Thomas never missed a play until this injury. For the Browns! 167 consecutive Browns games. During Thomas’ career, the Browns are an astounding 48-119. That includes 10-6 in 2007, Thomas’ first year after being selected 3rd in the 2007 draft.
  • On the other side of the ball and other end of the spectrum, 2017 #1 overall draft pick Myles Garrett was place in the concussion protocol. Garrett missed the first 4 games of his rookie season with a high ankle sprain and is now out for week 8. He did play well in limited time, with 4 sacks in 3 games. Tough loss for the Browns D.

PICK: Minnesota -9.5