Are the Slumping Steelers the Best Chance for a Win in 2016 For the Browns?

first_imgSunday the Browns will welcome to First Energy Stadium a team that a lot of publications picked to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl, but currently sit on the outside looking in at a chance to even play in the postseason.That team of course is the Pittsburgh Steelers, who less than a month ago were sitting at 4-1 and looking like one of the teams to beat in the AFC.Five weeks later they’ve lost four in a row, and sit at 4-5, a team in disarray after their defense couldn’t stop the Dallas Cowboys in the final 42 seconds in a deflating 35-30 loss at home Sunday.Now they take on a Browns team that will have a lot of rest having played on Thursday, and could look at this game with their biggest rivals as their best shot at a victory in 2016.Sure the Steelers will look at the game Sunday against the Browns as a great chance to get their season back on track, but the Browns can also look at it as a chance to give their rivals a loss that could completely deflate their season as they would fall to 4-6.Breaking News from our friends at BetPhoenix.Who is the favorite to win Super Bowl 51? New England? Seattle? Who is the smart pick? Dallas or Oakland? Is there a longshot team that could upset the chalk for the Lombardi Trophy? Maybe the New York Giants or Browns are the underdog pick? Read more…The Browns have done a good job at home in setting the tempo, scoring the first 20 points in their home opener against the Ravens before suffering a loss, they hung early with the Pats before Tom Brady got their offense in motion, and had the Jets on the ropes with a lead in their game back on October 30th.Yes the second half has been a totally different story, as teams make their adjustments and this season have walloped the Browns in the second half, but if they can build a lead against the Steelers, they just might be able to have them on the ropes in Sunday’s affair.The Steelers have made a ton of mistakes in their four-game losing streak, and Sunday they were unable to stop the run against the Cowboys, which just might be able to play into the Browns hands in this AFC showdown.Make no mistake, this Steelers team can be had. They play down to teams on the road (crushed in Philly, beat bad in Miami, and were down 21-0 to the Ravens before rallying to still lose 21-14), and that could give the Browns a big edge Sunday.No doubt beating the Steelers with the talent they have on offense won’t be easy, but harassing Ben Roethlisberger and finding a way to hold running back Le’Veon Bell in check will be two huge keys to getting a win on Sunday.It could be the perfect storm – one that finally could get the Browns in the win column Sunday against their most hated foe. Matt Loede Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.center_img Related TopicsBrownsNFLSteelerslast_img read more

First-time winner prevails at Fulton in World Products Empire State Series

first_imgBy Dave Medler FULTON, N.Y. (Oct. 4) – Rob Keller Jr. took the $400 checkers when the World Products Empire State Series traveled to Fulton Speedway for Friday’s Outlaw 200 show.The IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified tour victory was the career first for Keller, who took the lead on the first of 25 circuits and led to the checkers. The win was anything but easy, however, as Keller had to hold off constant late pressure from Mike Wilmot and James Cornell. It proved to be an emotional victory lane scene for Keller as he recalled his favorite moment in racing, when his brother Dane won the same event that happened to be the final race his mother ever attended. Runner-up was new point leader Wilmot. Cornell, Matt Jones and Gary Smith completed the top five. Keller became the fifth different winner in as many series events this season. Chris Fleming brought the point lead to Fulton, won his heat and raced from 10th starting into the top four in the main event before breaking. The tour is at Black Rock Speedway in Dundee on Saturday, Oct. 26 before concluding Nov. 2 at Five Mile Point Speedway in Kirkwood. Feature results – 1. Rob Keller Jr.; 2. Mike Wilmot; 3. James Cornell; 4. Matt Jones; 5. Gary Smith; 6. Gary Roberts; 7. Jason Amidon; 8. Dan Searles; 9. Matt Cole; 10. Kevin Cole; 11. Jason Benjamin; 12. Tyler Stoddard; 13. Dane Keller Jr.; 14. Billy Ward; 15. Todd Stone; 16. Michael Stoddard; 17. James Walsh; 18. Brandon Carvey; 19. Brad Sites; 20. Kevan Cook; 21. Chris Fleming; 22. Eddie Sites; 23. Matt Roberts; 24. Glen Erwin.Heat winners were Brad Sites, Gary Roberts and Fleming. Benjamin was the “B” feature winner.last_img read more

NBA: Curry picks Harden over Westbrook for MVP

first_img‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media The last man to win the award, 29-year-old sharpshooter Curry chimed in on this season’s biggest debate.“You kind of have to reward the better team, I would think, record-wise,” Curry told NBC Sports. “That’s just kind of going in the history of the MVP award. So, I think James will probably edge him out just off of that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHistorically, Curry’s sentiments are spot on, as past MVP winners tend to belong to winning teams that top the standings.Currently, Harden’s Rockets (46-21) are ranked third in the tough Western Conference, while Westbrook’s Thunder (37-29) is at sixth place. Westbrook leads the league in triple doubles this year, reaching the mark 32 times and is on pace to break Oscar Robertson’s season record 41 triple-doubles. He holds season averages of 31.9 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.1 assists.Harden, on the other hand, has 16 triple-doubles this year with an impressive stat line of 29.1 points, 7.9 boards and 11.2 dimes per game.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:NBA: Mavs owner Mark Cuban says Westbrook isn’t MVP candidateADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments NBA: Sanders returns to sign with Cavs ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Reigning NBA MVP Steph Curry (R) thinks James Harden should win the award this season. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player winner Stephen Curry knows he won’t be in the running for the award this year. But he did give his two cents on who should be awarded the Maurice Podoloff trophy.With multiple triple double performances this season, former teammates Russell Westbrook and James Harden are pegged as the MVP front runners.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more