Tom Sorensen

NFL playoff picks: Things less bad than Cleveland Browns include my season, barely

The Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer (7) finished the season 0-16. At least Tom Sorensen’s Lock was 8-8.
The Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer (7) finished the season 0-16. At least Tom Sorensen’s Lock was 8-8. AP

My season was better than the Cleveland Browns.

Last Week: 8-8.

Season: 163-93

Lock of the Week: New England (minus-15 1/2) over New York Jets. Patriots won by 20.

Season: 8-8.

This week, with the home team in CAPS:

KANSAS CITY 7 over Tennessee

L.A. RAMS 2 over Atlanta

Buffalo 2 over JACKSONVILLE

I address the Carolina Panthers’ visit to the New Orleans Saints here.

I can’t pick against Kansas City at home in the least interesting of this weekend’s games.

I like the Bills. They needed a break to make the playoffs and they got it Sunday when the Cincinnati Bengals improbably beat the Baltimore Ravens. Any Bengals victory is improbable. They had to be good late, and they were. Kudos to head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane.

The Los Angeles-Atlanta game is compelling. Perhaps because the Rams are new – a first-year head coach and a quarterback who as a rookie last season was buried on the bench and in a bad offense and a team in only its second season in town – the Rams are less than feared.

But head coach Sean McVay has been so good in so many ways. Running back Todd Gurley II is the non-quarterback MVP candidate. Quarterback Jared Goff has been unleashed. To add veteran heft, Wade Phillips, 70, is the defensive coordinator. Is there anything Phillips hasn’t seen? He saw Red Grange. He’s a great fit.

Atlanta’s offense is loaded. Atlanta’s defense is not. That’s the difference.

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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