Tuesday 22 August 2017 / 12:00 AM

Airing it Out: Week 6 – Browns on the up?

It’s that time of year again…our first draw of the season and we’ve still got players who don’t know you can tie:

Fair enough. Benjamin is a rookie, but surely they must cover some of this stuff in team meetings, no?

At any rate, after starting the season 3-0 and looking like perhaps the team to beat in the AFC, Cincy has now failed to win for two weeks straight.

A 37-37 tie is certainly a better result that the butt-whooping they took last week at the hands of the Patriots, but a tie will always be just like kissing your sister, regardless of the scenario.

To make matters worse, Mike Nugent missed a gimme field goal on the last play of overtime after Andy Dalton engineered a perfect drive on 8 of 9 passing for 72 yards.

Kickers miss from time to time; it’s part of the game. But a 36-yarder was hard for some Bengals players to swallow. Cornerback Adam ‘PacMan’ Jones threw his teammate under the bus after the game, telling Nugent that he needs to “do his job”.

Some were less than kind to ‘Nuge’ online as well:

The Bengals need to get another W – and soon – but Lucas Oil Field in Indy is not an easy place to win these days, and that’s where they’re headed next.

The end of dark days in Cleveland?

After leading the Browns to a rare 31-10 rout of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brian Hoyer is now 6-2 as the starter in Cleveland.

He’s openly admitted that he’s not too fond of the ‘Johnny Football’ mania and that he’s confident he ought to be Cleveland’s quarterback, but is the Dawg Pound ready to listen?

He’s a working man’s QB in a working man’s town and so they really ought to love the guy, but I don’t see Cleveland fans fully drinking the Kool-Aid until their beloved Browns finish a full season with a winning record.

The next three weeks spell “Huge Opportunity” for the Browns as they’ve got a road trip to Jacksonville followed by home games against Oakland and Tampa Bay. The three clubs are a combined 1-16 on the season.

Team on the rise

After starting off 0-2, the Indianapolis Colts have won four straight games.

They lead the league in points, total yards and passing yards, and they’re led by a man that former Redskins and Texans GM Charley Casserly said is “the best quarterback I’ve ever seen”.

And it’s truly insane the great string of receivers this team has found over the past two decades. They went from Marvin Harrison, to Reggie Wayne, to T.Y. Hilton. Superstar after superstar, after superstar.

T.Y. Hilton is averaging over 100 yards receiving per game. That’s good for fourth in the NFL.

Bottom line, Indianapolis is on fire and for the time being they’ve replaced Denver in terms of having the most explosive offense in the league.

Team on the decline

Oh dear, it’s just getting worse and worse for the Washington Redskins.

Even their coach has now gone on record saying that they’ve let the city down:

Washington played valiantly out in the desert, but interceptions continue to plague Kirk Cousins. He threw three in the fourth quarter as the Skins fell to the Cardinals 30-20 in Carson Palmer’s return to the starting line-up.

They’ve now lost four straight games and have a record of 1-5. They’ll need a miracle to get into the playoffs and the return of RGIII is hardly an angel-worthy event.

Honorable mention?

Unless the Falcons find a way to win @ Baltimore in week 7, we’ll be using this section to talk about how their season is over before the midway point of the schedule…and they looked so promising prior to dropping three in a row.

Commentary Box Sports Top 10 Power Rankings

Rank 1 – Broncos     Up 1

Denver took care of business against a crappy Jets team. Nothing to see here…move along.

Rank 2 – Chargers     Up 1

San Diego barely edged out Oakland 31-28, but a win is a win and games against division rivals are always closer than they “should” be.

Rank 3 – Cowboys     Up 4

Not only did Dallas roll into Seattle and come out with a win, they dominated. They looked better than the World Champs from top to bottom, and at 5-1 we can no longer keep the Cowboys lower in the rankings based on previous seasons.

Rank 4 – Cardinals     Up 1

Carson Palmer looked good in his first game back from nerve issues. He threw for 250 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions. If the Cards can get into a groove on offense and keep Palmer healthy, they’ve got a real shot of unseating Seattle in the NFC West.

Rank 5 – Eagles     Up 1

Philly is 5-1 and they just blanked their division rival Giants 27-0 on Sunday Night Football.

Rank 6 – Seahawks     Down 5

Is there trouble in paradise? Russell Wilson had one of the worst games of his career on Sunday, but what’s most worrisome is that his O-line is giving him next to no protection in the pocket. What’s more, Russell Okung seems to be flagged for false start or holding every fourth play.

Rank 7 – Colts     Up 2

The Colts are rising like a crying fat kid’s helium balloon at the fair.

Rank 8 – Bengals     Down 4

Mike Nugent’s name is Mud right now in Cincy, but their defense shouldn’t be giving up 37 points to the Carolina Panthers.

Rank 9 – Packers     Down 1

Green Bay beat Miami 27-24 in very non-convincing fashion. You hate to drop a team down the list after a victory, but they were leapfrogged by the Colts.

Rank 10 – 49ers     —

The Niners looked good in their comeback win over the Rams, but every other team in the top 10 won except for Seattle and Cincinnati. Should Kaepernick lead San Francisco to a victory over the Broncos next week, they’ll make a big surge up in the chart.

**Fell out of the top 10:

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