Browns still hunting a win

25 November 2017 05:05:23 GMTPlus11

The good news is that the Cleveland Browns take on a generally poor Bengals side at the Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati this week as they look to win their first game of the season.

The bad news is that the Bengals are the team with the biggest margin of victory against the Browns this season, winning 31-7 at the FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland in Week 4 of the campaign.

Andy Dalton completed 25-of-30 for 286 yards and four scores in that game, but it's been another disappointing season for Cincinnati overall.

Head coach Marvin Lewis has not had his contract extended and there are indications that the Bengals will look for a new leader in the off-season.

That may also be the case in Cleveland where head coach Hue Jackson has been handcuffed by poor front office decisions.

The analytics based front office of the Browns has in fact made a lot of smart decisions in terms of maximizing draft value and not selecting quarterbacks at the top of the first round when undecided on whether a player could be a franchise quarterback.

There are numerous cases of teams reaching for a quarterback and paying the price.

Unfortunately for Cleveland Carson Wentz, selected by the Philadelphia Eagles, and Deshaun Watson, drafted by the Houston Texans, both appear to be long-term solutions in a league where success is predicated on a great quarterback.

Nor have the Browns, once they have acquired numerous extra picks, used them to select productive players.

And it is that, rather than the wheeling and dealing, that seems likely to cause yet another regime change in Cleveland.

Meanwhile, the Eagles are 3.25 to win Super Bowl LII, with the Pittsburgh Steelers 1213.00 and the New England Patriots 1.33.

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