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The Browns are a team that hinge on a glimmering ray of hope that this will be the year they overcome their carousel of basement finishes. With Norv Brian_HoyerTurner’s newly implemented vertical passing attack and Brandon Weeden looking improved in the pre-season, some thought this would be the year. Two weeks into the season and Browns fans were singing the familiar tune of 0-2. But, with Weeden out the past two weeks due to a thumb injury, backup QB Brian Hoyer has the Browns back to .500.

The Cleveland offense has been completely overhauled with Hoyer at the helm. Passing for 590 yards and 5 TDs across his first two starts, the former Michigan State Spartan has made Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon into fantasy assets. Hoyer has a favorable matchup at home on Thursday night against a Bills defense that ranks 22nd against the pass. With Trent Richardson in Indianapolis, this is Hoyer’s offense as long as he continues to mitigate the mistakes and execute Turner’s vertical assault.

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With Christian Ponder held out of practice due to a rib injury, Matt Cassel will draw the start vs. the Steelers in London. Cassel will join Mike Glennon and quite possibly MattMatt Flynn, as QBs making their first starts of the season.

Inheriting an 0-3 team, Cassel will just have to prove he is a more viable option for the team going forward. Cassel was signed as insurance this past off-season for the inconsistent Ponder. Cassel comes off a season in which he largely struggled, passing for 1,796 yards, 6 TDs and 12 INTs in just 9 games last year with the Chiefs.

The Vikings have had a tough time replacing Percy Harvin, but for Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson, and Cordarrelle Patterson, a change under center might just be the jump-start they need.

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Well, that escalated quickly. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Greg Schiano has seen enough from starter Josh Freeman, as the Bucs will send out rookie OT_373109_WALL_24_Bucs08171_11386276_8colQB Mike Glennon to start vs. the Cardinals on Sunday.

The former backup to Russell Wilson at N.C. State until Wilson transferred to Wisconsin, Glennon amassed 7,085 yards and 62 TD’s between his junior and senior seasons. Glennon impressed the coaching staff in an August pre-season game vs. the Patriots, completing 12 of 22 passes for 2 TDs and a pick.

Glennon should be able to seize the starting job moving forward if he can secure a win at home vs. the Cardinals. With Freeman’s poor start to the season and his issues showing up to team functions, it doesn’t look good for the 5th year QB trying to land a new contract. This could potentially be the end of the road for Freeman as a starting Quarterback in the NFL.

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When the Jets played salary cap roulette this off-season, incumbent starting RB Shonn Greene wound up as a cap casualty,
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The Jets continued to add to their backfield by signing Mike Goodson, which was quickly dampened by Goodson’s gun and drug charges. With Ivory slowed by   hamstring issues and Goodson yet to report to the team, neither move has paid dividends.

Instead, the Jets have relied heavily on a familiar face; third year back Bilal Powell.

Powering Gang Green to 149 yards on the ground, Powell looked like the Jets most reliable offensive weapon in week 3 vs. the Bills. Ivory’s hamstring is considered to be a multiple week injury, leaving Powell with full control to carry the mail. Look for Powell to build off his strong week 3 performance with favorable matchups coming up vs. the Titans, Falcons, and Steelers.

The Bottom Heist: Averaging a respectable 4.3 avg and the beneficiary of a solid run-blocking offensive line, Powell is primed for a consistent workload in a shaky Jets offense. 

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ronnie-hillmanThe Broncos unleashed an even three-headed running attack in last night’s game vs. the Raiders. Knowshon Moreno received 11 carries, Montee Ball had 12, and Ronnie Hillman toted it nine times. But, that’s not to say there was a method to the madness for the divided workload. After the game, Hillman went on record to clarify the root cause for determining who would carry the “rock.”

Early in the 4th quarter, Hillman appeared to score on a 19 yard run, but was ruled down at the 1-yard line. After the Broncos called a timeout, the three Denver running backs huddled around and decided to leave it to rock, paper, scissors for who would get the crack at a goal line TD. Hillman threw rock, whereas Moreno and Ball both put up scissors. Hillman took the ensuing 1-yard carry into the end zone and the rest was history.

The Broncos RB situation will be something to keep an eye on as the season progresses, but don’t go pointing to Hillman’s 1-yard TD run as a sign of things to come in the Denver backfield.

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Jacoby Jones is known for his hands of stone, his performance in last year’s playoffs (specifically vs. the Broncos and 49ers), and for being eskimo brothers with one of my boys.

Bryant McKinnie is simply known for being a massive 6’8 – 352 pounds and for his acts of despicableness as a party-goer on Fred Smoot’s boat party.

Bottomline, it doesn’t take ” rocket appliances ” to figure out that McKinnie would be better served to celebrate his birthday somewhere other than on a Washington D.C. party bus, involving strippers and Jacoby Jones. According to TMZ, a ratchet stripper named “Sweet Pea” swung a humongous bottle at Jones, connecting with his head. As Jones bled from his head, some of his Ravens teammates attempted to go after Ms. Pea, but their attempts were thwarted by McKinnie.

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Also according to the report, an ambulance was originally called “for a bleeding male,” but no one departed for the hospital. Police have yet to make any arrests, but this situation could get sorted out as the week goes on. Stay tuned.