The biggest game of Hue Jackson’s career is Sunday (cleveland.com) - Suppose the Browns beat Pittsburgh Sunday. And suppose they reach the midpoint of the season with a 3-4-1 record. And suppose they are 2-0-1 in the AFC North. How would you feel about that Browns team with a 3-4-1 record if the coach wasn’t named Hue Jackson?
10 things to know about Browns-Steelers (clevelandbrowns.com) - Here are some stats and facts to know before Sunday’s matchup at Heinz Field.
AFC North quarterbacks in career slumps (Canton Repository) - Baker Mayfield’s first duel with Ben Roethlisberger comes in his fifth Browns start. He’s just starting out in a division whose long-time QBs (under long-time head coaches) are in career slumps.
Garrett, Peppers view Steelers game as unfinished business (PFT) - The Browns and Steelers get together on Sunday, seven weeks (and 70 minutes) after playing to a draw in Week One. A pair of defensive players who arrived in Cleveland via round one of the 2017 draft provided the same answer when asked on Friday whether the rematch entails a sense of unfinished business: “Absolutely.”
Browns are NFL’s most entertaining team (Wall Street Journal) - The first game of the Browns’ season laid out a blueprint for pretty much everything that has happened since. Cleveland’s year has been simultaneously disappointing and promising. And it’s been altogether exhilarating.
Texans wide receiver Will Fuller suffers torn ACL (Houston Chronicle) - Texans starting wide receiver Will Fuller tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and is out for the season, according to coach Bill O’Brien. A magnetic resonance imaging exam was conducted Friday to confirm the initial diagnosis from Fuller getting hurt Thursday night against the Miami Dolphins.
The Bengals offense is in decline (cincinnati.com) - The Bengals offense was the toast of the NFL in September, this month, however, they’ve regressed to one of the worst. Is this a blip or the new normal? We’re about to find out.
Aggressive-minded NFL follows in wake of Eagles’ success (ESPN) - Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz had the same reaction as many across the country when Doug Pederson put two fingers in the air instead of one late against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 5, his team trailing by eight.
Jimmy Garoppolo talks about his injury, comeback (Mercury News) - There’s something Jimmy Garoppolo wants you to know. “This isn’t something I want to get used to,” the 49ers quarterback said Friday after hobbling to his locker on crutches. “I want to be out there with the guys battling and preparing for the week. We’ll get back there next year.”