It was the battle of Ohio to open week 2 of the NFL season as the Browns hosted Joe Burrow and the Bengals. This match up was about much more than who would come out on top.
What do Jerry Rice, Steve Young and William Floyd all have in common?
No, not a love for jewellery-making even though they all have some matching bling.
It’s that all three were part of the Super Bowl-winning 49ers team in the 1990s.
That team took on a Cinderella side in the Chargers and not only crushed their magic pumpkin but stole the slippers and took home the W.
I only bring this up because it’s early in the 2019 season, and man do the Niners look good.
Not only do they have Jimmy Garoppolo but Matt Breida, Raheem Mostert and the ever-intriguing George Kittle to bolster a pretty tough defence.
They are 2-0 right now and that’s not much of feat, but look into the future and you might just see more.
Let’s look at their schedule and how injuries to opposing teams have really set up a great scenario for the G Man and co. to get a ring.
A Big Ben-less Steelers team is up first then on to a middle-of-a-rebuild Browns outfit, which will bring them to 4-0.
Then they have a tough one against a strong Rams side in an away match. That’ll leave them at 4-1 heading to Washington to pick off the Redskins, then back home for a date with the Panthers, where old QB Cam Newton is dealing with a lasting foot issue that will limit his mobility.
Then Arizona, Seattle and back to Arizona. That leaves them with an 8-2 record. Now they finish out the season with a few must-win games versus New Orleans, Green Bay and Seattle again.
Saying they split the last games, that leaves them at 11-5 and one heck of a chance to make the playoffs.
Once they make it there, it’s up in the air, but with this group anything is possible.
The only thing standing in their way is injuries and Jimmy G is no stranger to missing a season. The dude did miss all but two full games in 2018 with an ACL tear.
If healthy, though, this team should be playoff-bound and ready to roll into the post-season with not only a chip on their shoulder but a desire to bring home the Lombardi.