The Cleveland Browns have a few days until a very important game against the Baltimore Ravens. The Browns are fighting between a group of very interesting AFC contenders where no team has been consistent throughout the year.
With 12 of the 16 teams in the conference holding a record of .500 or better, teams will be paying close attention to the scoreboard for the final eight weeks of the season.
On Thanksgiving, Cleveland fans have two games to focus on:
4:30 PM – Las Vegas in Dallas
The Raiders have had an interesting season and a difficult one outside of it. Jon Gruden is no longer the team’s head coach and WR Henry Ruggs has been released and is currently awaiting trial for a car accident that killed a young woman.
On the field, Las Vegas is 5-5 with early season wins against Baltimore and Pittsburgh as the biggest on their resume. They also lost to Chicago and the New York Giants this year.
Facing the Cowboys on the road is a lineup for a loss, but with the way the season has gone, anything is possible.
8:20 p.m. – Buffalo in New Orleans
The Bills have looked at times like the best team in the NFL and at times like a team that could struggle to make the playoffs. At 6-4, Buffalo lost the lead in the AFC East to New England. Their only quality win came against Kansas City in Week 5. Otherwise, the Bills have feasted on weaker opponents, similar to the Browns.
On the road in New Orleans is often a very difficult place to play for any team. The dome and turf could give QB Josh Allen a chance to play a lot, but the Saints’ defense has some talent to make it difficult.
New Orleans has lost three in a row in today’s game but is still square in the NFC playoff 5-5, so the Thanksgiving matchup is important to them.