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WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER GAMBLE
The five division leaders who played on Sunday—the Giants, Bears, 49ers, Bengals and Raiders—were favored in Las Vegas by an average of six points a game. All five teams lost—by an average of 15 points.
HALLUCINATION OF THE WEEK
The Browns still have to play all three of their road games against their AFC Central Division rivals. They have lost six games in a row by a total of 100 points. And yet, after a 30-13 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday dropped their record to 2-9, interim coach Jim Shofner said, "I have a feeling we may not lose again. I just feel that way. I don't know how you can feel any other way." Better get into your players' heads this week, Coach. They don't share your feelings.
Quarterback Bernie Kosar questioned his teammates' work ethic after the Miami game, and linebacker Eddie Johnson said he thinks the players must practice and study harder for games. "I'd like to see guys taking film home, studying and knowing the opponent inside out," Johnson said. "I think guys need to get into those meeting rooms and start taking notes, but you don't see that. I look over sometimes at some of these young guys, and they probably don't even know what a pencil is."
GOTTA LOVE THE KIAM ERA, RIGHT?
The 1-10 Patriots solidified their grip on the worst record in the NFL—which would earn them the top pick in next year's draft—with their 34-14 loss at Phoenix. They haven't won since Week 2, at Indianapolis, and they're the only Boston-area big league team without a win since then. Here are the number of victories posted by Massachusetts's pro franchises since Sept. 17.