By Marc Lawrence — Ian Eagle said it best in the final moments of Sunday’s affair: “It’s never easy … if you’re a Browns fan.” Week 17 was, however, easy to process when it was all said and done, for the Browns (11-5) – a once-moribund franchise known for losing in spectacularly depressing, seemingly unfathomable fashions – finally finished the job for one regular season. The 2020 Browns are headed back to the playoffs. The Football Gods smiled on Cleveland for one week, ending the NFL’s longest playoff drought at 17 seasons and sending the limited fans in attendance spilling into the downtown Cleveland streets screaming with joy, the sounds of nearly two decades of frustration… With no Ryan Fitzpatrick backstop Sunday, it was Tua Tagovailoa’s chance to sink or swim. The Dolphins (10-6) drowned. Brian Flores’ club fought all season, but looked like it gave up the ghost as the playoff prospects dwindled … To read more on every game last week, click here.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s daughter has apologized for a tweet on Tuesday in which she suggested that Ohio State was using COVID-19 issues to postpone Monday night’s scheduled College Football Playoff National Championship because Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields is injured. ESPN reports that there had been talk about pushing the game back to Jan 18 because of COVID-19 issues within the OSU program. However, CFP executive director Bill Hancock said the game remains on schedule to be played on Jan 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Kristen Saban Setas tweeted: “If you’re not confident to play then SAY IT. I call BS on the COVID cases. They’re just worried about their QB and want him to have more time to heal. If he’s hurt put in your backup. You didn’t see us postpone the rest of the season to wait for Waddle. BYE.” She last apologized saying she was sorry and ashamed and embarrassed. She should be.
Grinding Out The Profits
From this week’s Playbook Midweek Alert Football Newsletter: NFL dogs that won their final game of the season as a double-digit favorite and failed to cover the spread are 9-1 ATS. Meet the Cleveland Browns and the Indianapolis Colts this week.