NEW OR­LEANS over Cleve­land by 6

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It’s over. Well al­most. Cleve­land’s 17-game los­ing streak ended with a tie against Pitts­burgh last week when FG kicker Zane Gon­za­lez’s field goal at­tempt on the fi­nal play of over­time looked more like one of my drives when it was blocked in­stead. And it took a +5 ad­van­tage in turnovers just to be able to claim they kissed their sis­ter. Note: the USA TO­DAY re­ports that NFL teams with a +5 or bet­ter ad­van­tage in turnovers in a game are Iron­i­cally, the Browns own half of the losses and the tie. So rest as­sured, Cleve­land is not at all happy with last week’s re­sult. On the other side of the coin, nei­ther is New Or­leans con­tent af­ter last week’s kick in the gut 48-40 home loss to Tampa Bay in which they com­bined for 88 points to set a record for an NFL reg­u­lar-sea­son opener last week. The Saints have not won a sea­son opener since the Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing in 2013 and have gone dur­ing the first two games of the sea­son since. So while knee jerk­ing to New Or­leans would look to be en vogue this week we say not so fast my friends. There is this lit­tle mat­ter of lay­ing more than a touch­down with a de­fense that was ripped to shreds. Take it or leave it.

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