BOSTON (CBS) – The 98.5 The Sports Hub, WBZ-TV and WBZ NewsRadio 1030 sports teams make their predictions for the Patriots Week 14 matchup with the Cleveland Browns at Gillette.
Scott Zolak, 98.5 The Sports Hub
The offense will continue to roll, as Brady continues to get it to the open receiver.
I do think we will sees Stevan Ridley in this game. And from a defensive standpoint, band-aid that thing together until you get your full allotment in the secondary.
I don’t think this will be as close as the score indicates.
Patriots 33, Browns 20
Andy Gresh, 98.5 The Sports Hub
The Browns stink. They only have a couple good players in Joe Haden, Joe Thomas and Josh Gordon, but they have no idea what is going on at quarterback.
The Patriots jump up early and should ride to an easy win.
Patriots 35, Browns 10
Walt Perkins, WBZ NewsRadio 1030
Patriots 37, Browns 24
Steve Burton, WBZ-TV Sports
While the Cleveland Browns are still trying to figure out who their starting quarterback is, this should be a no-brainer for the Patriots.
The Pats’ focus this week is getting off to a fast start. Score first and score often is the goal for Week 14.
The offense is starting to click, the question is will they click in the first quarter? Tom Brady should pick apart the Cleveland defense, and Sunday is a good day to get Stevan Ridley back in the lineup. He’s too good to give up on.
Patriots 31, Cleveland 10
Dan Roche, WBZ-TV Sports
This game may be the opposite of last week’s battle with Houston. I think the Pats will come out fast – maybe no huddle – and try to jump all over the Browns.
Jason Campbell (it looks like he’ll get the start at QB) has been pretty good, when healthy, for the Browns, but generally they have a tough time being consistent on offense.
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Cleveland’s defense is the only team that has yet to allow either a 1oo-yard rusher or a 300-yard passer this season. They keep their team in the game.
And, you wonder if the crowd will be into it at Gillette.
Patriots 27, Browns 17
Levan Reid, WBZ-TV Sports
I guess it should come as no surprise that my pick is for the Patriots to win this game, but I don’t think it’s going to be easy at first.
The Browns defense is solid and their team structure is similar to the Carolina Panthers, and we saw the issues that that gave the Pats in Week 11. The Browns just don’t have the stability at quarterback that the Panthers have.
New England should take over in the second half of this game. They are just too talented man for man. Expect another big day for tight end Rob Gronkowski.
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Things to watch for: Whether Ridley plays and if he does, how he handles the rock. Plus, how do the Patriots defend Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon. He may be the best wide out they are going to face this season.
The Pats will grind this one out to a runaway victory.
Patriots 35, Browns 10
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