Cleveland comes into this one facing old man 3rd string QB Charlie Batch, but does that mean they have a chance now? Batch is 5-2 as a starter for the Steelers and was probably a better choice than Leftwich who played with cracked ribs in their loss to the Ravens. Batch is turnover prone and we will most certainly see him fumble or throw an INT in this one. Fortunately for the Browns star CB Joe Haden returns in this one to a secondary struggling without him.
The problem with the Browns comes down to the 4th quarter where they either let big leads slide to losses or they’re not able to comeback. The bad playcalling doesn’t help them much either and I don’t see how Pat Shurmur can keep his job after this year, even if they win this one.
If the Browns are going to win this one they need Weeden to be more consistent and the defense to make big plays. This one will be close but I see the Browns getting up and Batch not able to lead them back. 17-14
Play: Browns +3 1/2