Here are Randall the Handle’s Week 14 NFL power rankings along with his Thursday night pick.
Rank Team Last week Comments
1 Green Bay Packers 1 Have won a remarkable 18 straight.
2 New England Patriots 2 Business as usual.
3 Baltimore Ravens 3 Appear to be peaking at right time.
4 Pittsburgh Steelers 4 Will need some help to capture division.
5 New Orleans Saints 5 Don’t stand still or they’ll go right ‘bayou’.
6 San Francisco 49ers 6 Clinched division with easy win.
7 Houston Texans 8 Fortitude is a good attitude.
8 New York Jets 14 In four-way battle for one wild-card spot.
9 Dallas Cowboys 9 Botched opportunity to control division.
10 Atlanta Falcons 7 Poor play calling pulverizing this poultry.
11 New York Giants 15 May have to sweep Cowboys for playoff berth.
12 Oakland Raiders 10 Too many players in the infirmary.
13 Chicago Bears 11 Bad news.
14 Detroit Lions 12 Have gone from lovable to loathsome losers.
15 Cincinnati Bengals 13 Clearly not contender material.
16 Denver Broncos 16 Five consecutive straight-up wins as underdog.
17 Tennessee Titans 17 Knocking on playoffs’ door.
18 San Diego Chargers 18 Where’s that team been all year?
19 Miami Dolphins 21 Maybe Tony Sparano doesn’t get whacked?
20 Seattle Seahawks 24 Hardly need 11 days to prep for Rams.
21 Carolina Panthers 25 Consecutive wins for first time in 2011.
22 Arizona Cardinals 26 Have quietly won four of past five.
23 Washington Redskins 19 May want to draft a quarterback.
24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20 One of this season’s disappointments
25 Philadelphia Eagles 22 Will Andy Reid be back?
26 Buffalo Bills 23 Remember 3-0 start? A sad 2-7 since.
27 Minnesota Vikings 27 Percy Harvin worth the price of admission.
28 Kansas City Chiefs 30 An ugly win is still a win.
29 Cleveland Browns 28 Should be scouring bowl games for talent.
30 Jacksonville Jaguars 29 Only the Rams have scored less points.
31 St. Louis Rams 31 More like lambs.
32 Indianapolis Colts 32 Admirable performance as 20-point underdogs.
Browns (4-8) at Steelers (9-3)
LINE: PITTSBURGH BY 14
Pittsburgh clocked the Browns in both meetings last year by a combined 79-19 and with very little changing, if anything the Browns have regressed, it is difficult to figure on Cleveland competing in this one. However, with the Browns ranking tops in the league in defending the pass while near the bottom at stopping the run, the Steelers figure to go conservative here in order to preserve their walking wounded while relying on their own defence to stall the Browns’ pop-gun offence.
TAKING: BROWNS +14