We earlier looked at the 2 Sidedness of today’s Browns vs. Steelers game. We have covered possible Strength of Schedules for teams “competing” for draft picks. For today there are 3 games, in order, that have the biggest impact on the Browns draft pick:
The Browns losing this game keeps them in play for a top 5 pick. A win in this game could put them closer to later in the top 10. Many fans will always be looking for the Browns to beat their rivals but today’s game matters for the Steelers who won’t know for sure their playoff scenario as those games are on going during this game or later in the day.
The Jaguars are ahead of the Browns due to their Strength of Schedule, which won’t change drastically today. Because of that the only way the Browns can move ahead of the Jags in the draft is a Jags win against the Colts. This could have a double positive for the Browns: higher pick for the Browns and a possible lower pick for the Colts.
The Raiders could be ahead of the Browns based on SOS, so a win against the Broncos is a way to guarantee the Browns to draft ahead of the Raiders. Unfortunately the Broncos also have something to play for as well which makes this game likely to be an all hands on deck. For the Raiders the return of Terrelle Pryor could provide a dynamic spark for the team.
Browns fan should tune in and root for the Raiders and Jaguars, and a Browns loss today, if that side of the fan wins out in the internal struggle.