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The Conscience of Thoroughbred Racing


 By Marc Lawrence, PlaybookSports — If ever a team in the NFL was in need of a Band-Aid win, it would the Browns today. After a sharp 3-1 start to the season, Cleveland enters this game with losses in 5 of its 8 games since, and suddenly fi nds itself of the brink of playoff elimination. The Browns losses this season have come to teams with a combined record of 48-24-1. Four of those six defeats have come by six points or less, with blowout losses to Arizona and New England. Digging deeper, we note that Cleveland has lost to four division leaders this season, including to the team with the best record in the league (Arizona, 10-2). The worst record of a team Cleveland has lost to is Pittsburgh with a 6-5-1 mark. And fi ve of the team’s six losses have come to teams currently in playoff positions, with only the Steelers (eighth in the AFC) not currently down a playoff spot. Nevertheless, the Browns are currently the No. 11 overall seed in the current AFC playoff picture and need this game like oxygen. Baltimore invades the Dawg Pound with a two-game lead over the Browns and has failed to score 20 points in each of its last four games. We sense the Ravens may be in need of a tourniquet.I

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