Good seats available for Browns at Steelers; Romo, Dallas tabbed
Nothing like a Browns-Steelers’ tussle. Well, maybe not this time.
So what if there’s virtually nothing on the line for today’s week 17 Heinz Field encounter? Not exactly what Black & Gold supporters had in mind.
This one figured to be for postseason seeding purposes midway through the 2012 campaign when Big Ben and his teammates were riding high at 6-3.
All these weeks later, of course, Pittsburgh now seeks to avoid an unimaginable sub-.500 season. Cleveland on the other hand eyes a two-game sweep having secured a 20-14 conquest on the lakefront, primarily a result of eight Steelers’ turnovers.
Roethlisberger has vowed to lead his team to a season-ending consolation victory, one which would be achieved vs. a Browns’ outfit operating behind little-known QB Thad Lewis with both Brandon Weeden and backup Colt McCoy out of commission – not to mention hard-as-nails frontline running back Trent Richardson.
At Paul Brown Stadium, AFC North-leading Baltimore visits Cincinnati with both playoff-bound units seeking to avoid a potentially costly injury.
Last week, this column produced an 11-4 ledger with a rare on-the-mark upset special selection of New Orleans’ overtime road decision at Dallas.
PHILADELPHIA AT NEW YORK GIANTS. In Andy Reid’s probable swan song, can Michael Vick and Eagles soar over disappointing G-Men? Not likely. GIANTS, 20-14.
NEW YORK JETS AT BUFFALO. An AFC East season-ending matchup with good seats available. “What time is kickoff?” a fan inquired. “What time can you get here?” was the response. BILLS, 13-12.
CLEVELAND AT PITTSBURGH. On a cold, snowy Sunday afternoon, a majority of fans may opt to view this one from the nearby confines of Rivers Casino. STEELERS, 27-6.
BALTIMORE AT CINCINNATI. Neither team figures to be super-charged with both returning one week later for postseason action. RAVENS, 17-10.
CHICAGO AT DETROIT. At one time, 9-6 Bears were playing like one of NFC’s elite units. No guarantee they handle 4-11 Lions. BEARS, 24-21.
TAMPA BAY AT ATLANTA. Not much to play for with 13-2 hosts likely subbing early and often. Still, FALCONS, 23-17.
JACKSONVILLE AT TENNESSEE. AFC South foes should keep it on the ground in what may be week 17’s most rapidly-played games. TITANS, 27-10.
HOUSTON AT INDIANAPOLIS. Both would like a ‘W’ here with an idea of obtaining momentum heading into playoffs. TEXANS, 30-24.
CAROLINA AT NEW ORLEANS. If nothing else, Cam Newton vs. Drew Brees should produce plenty of points inside the Super Dome. SAINTS, 34-30.
MIAMI AT NEW ENGLAND. Weather will be factor and has to work in New England’s favor. PATRIOTS, 27-14.
GREEN BAY AT MINNESOTA. Question here is how many carries will Vikes’ Adrian Peterson rate in quest to catch Eric Dickerson for NFL rushing record? Better yet, how hard will 11-4 Pack defend in our Upset Special? VIKINGS, 30-23.
KANSAS CITY AT DENVER. NFL’s other ‘Comeback Player of Year’ candidate Peyton Manning should make quick work of Chiefs and take second half off. BRONCOS, 31-13.
OAKLAND AT SAN DIEGO. Another “Does anybody care?” week 17 showdown of AFC West rivals. Buckeye fans do considering Terrelle Pryor has been named Raiders’ starting QB. In two seasons, Pryor has thrown all of two pro passes. CHARGERS, 34-13.
ARIZONA AT SAN FRANCISCO. Can you believe Cardinals opened 2012 season 4-0 and are 5-10 entering season finale? 49ERS, 28-10.
ST. LOUIS AT SEATTLE. No team in entire league is on late season roll like Seattle which caps 11-5 regular season with home field win. SEAHAWKS, 30-17.
DALLAS AT WASHINGTON. Regular season prime time finale may be weekend’s best. Will much-hyped RG III lead ‘Skins into postseason? Or can Tony Romo steal his thunder. Boys’ Dez Bryant may hold the answer. COWBOYS, 20-16.
LAST WEEK: 11-4. SEASON: 146-88. UPSET SPECIALS: 4-12.
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