Browns releasing Odell Beckham Jr., plus NFL Week 9 picks and best bets and recapping the Colts’ blowout win

Welcome to the Friday version of the Decide Six e-newsletter!

This has been a wild week of NFL news so it ought to come as no shock to anybody that Friday is already off to a bonkers begin with the Browns deciding to launch Odell Beckham Jr. The NFL‘s loopy information week began on Monday with a former SUPER BOWL MVP (Von Miller) getting traded and 4 days later, that does not even seem to be one of many 10 greatest tales of the week. 

With OBJ out in Cleveland, we’ll be going over what’s subsequent for him in at the moment’s e-newsletter, plus we’ll additionally offer all of the Week 9 picks you’ll be able to deal with. We’ll even be recapping the Colts‘ 45-30 win over the Jets, however we’re solely doing that as a result of I am required to recap each Thursday recreation within the e-newsletter, in any other case, I might by no means converse of that recreation once more. Alright, that is sufficient of that, let’s get to the rundown. 

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1. At the moment’s present: Recapping the Colts’ blowout win over the Jets

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I nearly turned this recreation off within the third quarter when the Colts have been main 42-10, however I am glad I did not as a result of issues received form of loopy down the stretch. The one factor crazier than the second half of the sport was the podcast we recorded afterward. For those who missed the sport, here is a fast rehash of what occurred and what we talked about on the podcast.

  • Jonathan Taylor appears unstoppable. With Derrick Henry on the sideline for the remainder of the season, you possibly can make an argument that Taylor is at the moment the most effective operating again within the NFL. For the sixth straight week, Taylor put up some big numbers: Not solely did he rush for 172 yards and two touchdowns, however he additionally added 28 receiving yards for a complete of 200 within the recreation. Taylor has now gone over 100 scrimmage yards in every of Indy’s previous six video games, making him the primary operating again to do this since LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006 (LT gained the MVP that yr). Taylor’s longest run in opposition to the Jets was a 78-yard TD, which suggests he now has the 2 longest runs within the NFL this yr (He additionally had an 83-yard run in opposition to the Texans in Week 6).  
  • Carson Wentz rebounds properly. After throwing two ugly interceptions in opposition to the Titans on Sunday, nobody knew how Wentz would reply taking part in in a recreation simply 4 days later, however it seems he did not let the Tennessee additional time loss trouble him an excessive amount of. The Colts quarterback went out and diced up the Jets’ protection for 272 yards and three touchdowns. Wentz was particularly good throughout a primary half the place the Colts scored a landing each time they touched the ball (The QB went 15 of 18 for 146 yards and two touchdowns through the recreation’s first two quarters). The 45 factors have been essentially the most the Colts have scored in a recreation since 2014 after they scored 49 in opposition to Washington. 
  • Josh Johnson shines on painful night time for the Jets. After engineering an upset of the Bengals, Mike White by no means actually received an opportunity to attempt for an upset in opposition to the Colts and that is as a result of he left the sport within the first quarter with a forearm harm. Earlier than leaving, White had already thrown for 95 yards, which put him on tempo for one more 400-yard recreation. After White left, Josh Johnson entered the sport for the Jets and truly performed surprisingly effectively. The veteran journeyman threw for 317 yards and three touchdowns because the Jets clawed again from a 42-10 deficit within the second half. The Jets nearly tacked on one other TD with just below a minute left to play, however Johnson received picked off on a move that was tipped contained in the 10-yard line. If that they had been capable of rating there, it could have lower the result in 45-37 and the Jets would have had an opportunity to make issues fascinating with an onside kick to not point out tick off these gamblers who have been laying 10 factors with Indy. As for accidents, White is not the one Jets participant coping with one. Security Marcus Maye is believed to have suffered an Achilles injury that might trigger him to overlook the remainder of the season. 

To hear/watch at the moment’s episode on YouTube, be sure to click here. (Critically, you’ll be able to WATCH the podcast.) You too can check out our takeaways from the game by clicking here

2. At the moment’s present Half II: Greatest bets for Week 9

The perfect half about Friday — apart from the truth that it is Friday — is that you just get two episodes of the podcast in your feed. After the recap of the Thursday recreation, Brinson politely requested me and Ryan Wilson to depart in order that he may herald Pete Prisco and R.J. White for a dialogue about their greatest bets for Week 9. 

It is most likely for the most effective that we left, although as a result of Brinson spent half the podcast bragging about the truth that he received practically each single one among his picks proper final week.

Anyway, the blokes spent practically 60 minutes going over the most effective bets for each single recreation, and we’ll cowl three from every man beneath. Prisco, Brinson and White mixed to go 6-3 final week led by Brinson, who nailed all three of his picks. 

Pete Prisco (1-2 final week in picks featured right here)

Will Brinson (3-0 final week in picks featured right here)

R.J. White  (2-1 final week in picks featured right here)

  • Bengals (-2.5) to cowl in opposition to the Browns
  • Chargers (-1.5) to cowl in opposition to the Eagles
  • Texans (+6.5) to cowl in opposition to the Dolphins

The fellows even have a parlay they like that pays out +595.  

  • 49ers (+1) to cowl in opposition to the Cardinals
  • Chargers (-1.5) to cowl in opposition to the Eagles
  • Bills at Jaguars OVER 48.5

That parlay can pay out $595 on a $100 guess.  

To listen to what the remainder of the most effective bets are for Week 9 — and there are fairly a couple of — be sure you click on right here so that you can listen to the entire episode of the podcast. You too can watch the trio give out their picks on YouTube by clicking here

3. Browns to launch Odell Beckham Jr.

After lower than three seasons with the Browns, Odell Beckham Jr.’s time in Cleveland is formally coming to an finish. The Browns made the announcement on Friday that Beckham can be launched. The transfer comes lower than 48 hours after Beckham’s household and buddies created some commerce deadline drama in Cleveland by calling out the Browns on social media. Odell’s dad shared a video that made Baker Mayfield look dangerous whereas LeBron James tweeted out that the Browns ought to “Free OBJ.” 

Listed here are the main points on the scenario: 

  • Browns assertion on the matter. This is what the Browns needed to say after releasing Beckham on Friday morning, “After cautious consideration, inner discussions and conversations with Odell and his illustration, we have decided that it’s in the most effective curiosity of all events concerned that Odell not play for the Cleveland Browns. We respect all his efforts and contributions whereas in Cleveland, however we have simply reached a degree the place it’s best that we transfer ahead as a crew with out Odell. We’re finalizing the method of granting Odell his launch and we want him effectively as he continues his profession.”
  • Beckham’s contract was holding issues up. The receiver may have been launched on Thursday, however apparently, his contract was holding issues up. In accordance to multiple reports, the Browns wished to restructure Beckham’s contract earlier than they agreed to launch him. The plan was to show a part of his wage right into a bonus, which might enable the Browns to take a smaller cap hit for the transfer.  
  • Beckham’s subsequent touchdown spot. One drawback with being launched after the commerce deadline is that you do not essentially get to select your subsequent crew. Earlier than doubtlessly turning into a free agent, Odell can be topic to waivers, the place he could possibly be claimed. The waiver order is principally just like the draft: The worst groups picks first and also you go from there. The Lions, Texans and Dolphins are at the moment on the high of the waiver order, which suggests they’re going to have the primary crack at Beckham. It is arduous to think about any dangerous crew wanting so as to add Beckham so if he will get claimed, it’s going to most likely be by a playoff contender. Of the groups that is likely to be taken with claiming him, the Seahawks (ninth within the waiver order), 49ers (twelfth), Colts (14th), Patriots (fifteenth) and Chiefs (18th) are all within the high 20 and it could be shocking to see Beckham make it previous that. You can check out the full waiver order by clicking here
  • What occurs if Beckham does not get claimed? If Beckham by some means makes it by the waiver wire with out getting claimed, meaning he would change into a free agent. At that time, it could work how free company usually works and he could be free to signal with the crew of his selecting. In fact, the one means for this to occur is that if all 32 groups move on Beckham on the waiver wire (The draw back of choosing him up on waivers is that you just inherit his present contract). 
  • What is the timeline? Since Beckham is being launched at the moment, groups can have till Monday to place in a declare for him, which suggests you should not count on any information on the Beckham entrance till then. Additionally, which means that if a crew loses a receiver to harm on Sunday or simply decides that their present receiving corps is not chopping it, they might nonetheless have time to place in a waiver declare. 

Beckham leaves Cleveland with 114 receptions for 1,586 yards and 7 touchdowns over 29 profession video games.  

4. NFL Week 9 picks

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That is the ultimate e-newsletter of the week, which suggests I really feel morally obligated to cram as many picks as potential into this house. I as soon as crammed 14 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in my mouth in three minutes, so I do know I am good at cramming. 

With that in thoughts, we have got some Week 9 picks coming your means and people can be coming from Will Brinson, Tom Fornelli and Jonathan Jones together with CBS Sports activities NFL insider Jason La Canfora and writers Jordan Dajani and Tyler Sullivan. 

This is how issues are going to work: I’ll provide you with one decide from every man after which direct you to the remainder of their picks. That means, for those who like their decide, you’ll learn the remainder of them, but when they decide in opposition to your favourite crew, you’ll be able to ignore the remainder of their picks and transfer on. 

  • Will Brinson: Saints 31-14 over Falcons (New Orleans covers -6.5). “The rivalry facet of this recreation makes me a bit involved with the larger level unfold however the Saints defensive position ought to spend all the afternoon in Matt Ryan‘s kitchen and Atlanta is backside 10 by way of rush protection. Alvin Kamara is about to go nuclear and Mark Ingram may not wrestle both. Sean Payton REALLY does not just like the Falcons. That is essential right here.” For the rest of Brinson’s Week 9 picks, be sure to click here
  • Jonathan Jones: Browns over Bengals (Cleveland +115 moneyline). “There’s harm. There’s distraction. There’s “hasn’t but overwhelmed a crew with a profitable file.” All that’s going in opposition to the Browns on Sunday within the AFC North conflict. But nonetheless, I am unable to consider Cleveland goes to be beneath .500 on the halfway level within the yr. I am choosing this one with my coronary heart and never my head, and I admit that.” For the rest of Jones’ Week 9 picks, be sure to click here.
  • Jason La Canfora: 49ers over Cardinals (San Francisco covers -1). “The Cardinals are reeling a bit rapidly. Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins have not practiced this week and the protection fell aside with out JJ Watt final week. Arizona is not so good as its file would point out and did nothing to get higher on the commerce deadline.” For the rest of La Canfora’s Week 9 best bets, be sure to click here.
  • Tom Fornelli: Dolphins 24-20 over Texans (Houston covers +6.5). “The Texans have been heroes final week for that fourth-quarter, garbage-time, backdoor-cover extravaganza, and they’ll carry all that momentum into Week 9! OK, that is most likely overstating issues a bit, however do you need to belief Miami to cowl a ramification this huge? As horrible because the Houston offense has been, it isn’t like Miami’s lighting the world on fireplace.” For the rest of Fornelli’s Week 9 best bets, be sure to click here
  • Jordan Dajani: Chargers 26-20 over Eagles (Los Angeles covers -1.5). “The Chargers have gained 4 of their previous 5 video games on the street whereas the Eagles have misplaced 4 straight dwelling video games. In actual fact, the Eagles have not overwhelmed an AFC crew since 2019.” For the rest of Dajani’s Week 9 picks, be sure to click here.
  • Tyler Sullivan: Cowboys 30-20 over Broncos (Dallas covers -9.5). “The Broncos protection — that simply misplaced Von Miller — has additionally left a lot to be desired, permitting 6.1 yards per play since Week 4, which is the fifth-most within the NFL over that stretch. That will not be adequate in opposition to a Dallas crew that can be getting Dak Prescott again and continues to be undefeated ATS at 7-0. “ For the rest of Sullivan’s Week 9 picks, be sure to click here.

5. Grading each participant from the primary spherical of 2021 NFL Draft

With the Colts and Jets kicking off Week 9 final night time, meaning we’re now formally midway by the 2021 NFL season, which makes proper now the proper time to examine in on how this yr’s crop of rookies has been taking part in. 

With that in thoughts, our Chris Trapasso determined to undergo and grade how each first-rounder has performed by the primary eight weeks. This is a take a look at 5 of Trapasso’s grades: 

  • Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence (first general decide): C-. “Lawrence has not performed like a once-in-a-generation prospect by seven video games. Simply hasn’t. Positive, the surroundings in Jacksonville is hardly serving to. And it is comprehensible {that a} No. 1 general decide takes his lumps by the primary half of his rookie season. We have seen it many occasions earlier than.”
  • 49ers QB Trey Lance (third general decide): D+. “All of us kinda/sorta knew Lance wanted time, extra time than the opposite quarterbacks picked within the first spherical of the 2021 draft, and he is seemed like a not-quite-ready passer when he is been pressured onto the sector for the 49ers this season.”
  • Bengals WR Ja’Marr Chase (fifth general decide): A+. “Straightforward “A” for the Bengals, after all. Chase is the front-runner for the Offensive Rookie of the Yr, and he is having a Randy Moss-esque debut yr within the NFL.”
  • Bears QB Justin Fields (eleventh general decide): C-. “Fields is beginning to come alongside. He actually is. And whereas I am right here — he seemed noticeably extra snug with out Matt Nagy on the sidelines in opposition to the 49ers in Week 8. Fields continues to be leaning on his supreme athletic presents greater than the rest, however that is not the worst factor for a rookie quarterback to do as he is getting his bearings on the velocity and complexity of NFL defenses.”
  • Patriots QB Mac Jones (fifteenth general decide): B. “Jones has seemed the a part of a passer who can efficiently handle a recreation. Has he proven, for any stretches, that he’ll ultimately be capable of elevate these round him? No. Not at this level. Both means, the Patriots ought to be ok with touchdown Jones, particularly contemplating how poorly the remainder of the first-rounders have performed. “

If you wish to see how the grades ended up shaking out for the 27 different first-rounders, then be sure to click here.

6. Fast-fire roundup

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It has been a busy 24 hours within the NFL and because it’s practically not possible to maintain monitor of all the pieces that occurred, I went forward and put collectively a roundup for you. 

  • Aaron Rodgers may face large fines, however probably will not be suspended. If Rodgers will get punished for violating the NFL’s COVID protocols, it’s going to probably come within the type of a fantastic. In accordance to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, a suspension is not into consideration, which is sweet information for each Rodgers and the Packers. In different fascinating Rodgers information, the Packers QB is reportedly “furious” that his vaccination standing was leaked. 
  • Dak Prescott undoubtedly returning for the Cowboys this week. After lacking one week attributable to a calf harm, Dak Prescott made it clear on Thursday that he’ll undoubtedly be taking part in in opposition to the Broncos in Week 9, “Protected to say,” Prescott stated when requested if he’d be taking part in. 
  • Saints to begin Trevor Siemian. Now that Jameis Winston is completed for the season, the Saints are going to want to seek out one other beginning quarterback and it seems that search goes begin with Siemian, who would be the crew’s beginning QB on Sunday in Atlanta. The opposite possibility was Taysom Hill, however Hill continues to be battling again from a concussion that has sidelined him for the previous three weeks. It is also potential that Sean Payton needs to make the most of Hill in different roles to open up the offense.  
  • Texans to begin Tyrod Taylor. The Texans QB can be again on the sector after lacking the previous seven weeks with a hamstring harm. Taylor gained his first begin this yr and had the Browns on the ropes in Week 2 earlier than he was pressured to depart the sport at halftime. With Taylor returning, meaning rookie Davis Mills can be headed again to the bench. 
  • Steelers signal a brand new kicker. With Chris Boswell nonetheless coping with the concussion he suffered whereas operating a pretend subject aim on Sunday, the Steelers have signed Josh Lambo simply in case Boswell is not cleared to play this week.   
  • Bengals add former first-round decide. Lower than 24 hours after being launched by the Texans, cornerback Vernon Hargreaves was claimed on waivers by the Bengals. Hargreaves, who was chosen with the eleventh general decide within the 2016 NFL Draft, began six video games this yr for Houston.  
  • DeSean Jackson clears waivers. The previous Rams large receiver went unclaimed on waivers this week, which suggests he’s now free to signal with any crew. 
  • Matt Nagy returning to Bears this week. The Bears coach missed Chicago’s Week 8 recreation attributable to COVID, however he’ll be again on the sector this week after clearing all COVID protocols. Based mostly on how Justin Fields performed final week, Nagy’s return might not really be a great factor. | Browns releasing Odell Beckham Jr., plus NFL Week 9 picks and greatest bets and recapping the Colts’ blowout win


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