Browns WR Josh Gordon makes his long anticipated return for Cleveland against the Atlanta Falcons.
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For the first time this season, the Cleveland Browns will be able to activate and play WR Josh Gordon – the NFL’s leader in receiving yards last season – now that his suspension for failing a drug test has ended. Last season in just three starts, QB Brian Hoyer went 3-0 with Gordon on the receiving end of his passes. Needless to say, the Browns are hoping they can get a similar level of production with only six games left to play and the Browns right in the thick of the NFL playoff race at 6-4.
It will certainly be interesting if the Browns manage to turn up the offensive heat now that they have a legitimate No. 1 receiver seeing the field. The only serious question will be what to do with Gordon at the end of the season…
Here are the picks for Week 12 of the NFL season:
Chicago Bears over Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Don’t expect the Chicago Bears to go easy on Tampa Bay just because their old head coach Lovie Smith is on the other side of the field. The Bears are going to create an offensive explosion against one of the three worst defenses in football
Philadelphia Eagles over Tennessee Titans – Mark Sanchez’s last game against the Titans was arguably the worst of his career. He gets his revenge as the starter for the Eagles in a coasting victory.
Cincinnati Bengals over Houston Texans – Now that Ryan Mallett got that win out of his system, it’s time for the Cincinnati Bengals to reassert themselves by making Mallett’s life miserable.
Indianapolis Colts over Jacksonville Jaguars – The Colts may not be one of the top three or four teams in the AFC, but they are a heck of a lot better than lowly Jacksonville.
Green Bay Packers over Minnesota Vikings – The Packers are on the road so they are more susceptible there, but don’t forget that the Packers crushed the Vikings in a 42-10 blowout back in October. And that was when they were playing poorly…
Atlanta Falcons over Cleveland Browns – Will this finally be the game where the Falcons beat a non-NFC South opponent? Against a Browns team that will be forcing the ball to Josh Gordon all day and not much else, they have as good as chance there as any.
New England Patriots over Detroit Lions – Once again the Patriots continue their habit of making good teams look like deer in headlights as they roll over the Lions, who have struggled on the road.
Seattle Seahawks over Arizona Cardinals – This will be the game where the illusion that the Cardinals can become a No. 1 overall seed with Drew Stanton at QB is shattered. The Seahawks got caught off-guard with their two straight losses earlier this year, but it won’t happen again.
St. Louis Rams over San Diego Chargers – The Rams have already beaten the 49ers, Seahawks and Broncos in a span of five weeks with two different backup QBs. And the Chargers playing an injured Philip Rivers could come back to bite them if they aren’t careful.
San Francisco 49ers over Washington – If the Buccaneers were able to absolutely crush Washington in Washington DC, it’s scary to think what a hungry team like the 49ers will do to them on the West Coast.
Miami Dolphins over Denver Broncos – Big upset of the week. A gritty Miami team coming off an extended weekend and with tons of momentum stuns the reeling and injured Denver Broncos on the road.
New York Giants over Dallas Cowboys – The Giants have a habit of bringing out the worst in the Cowboys. It doesn’t really matter what the difference in ability is, the Giants flip the switch when the Cowboys are in town.
Buffalo Bills over New York Jets – Practice or no practice, the Bills have a much more talented roster than the Jets. And Bills rookie WR Sammy Watkins will run all over them all night long.
Baltimore Ravens over New Orleans Saints – The Saints have already lost two straight games in the Superdome, so why not just anticipate the hat trick against a Ravens team that has finally found its running game.