The Cincinnati Bengals will have their first primetime game of 2015 when they host the Cleveland Browns on Thursday Night Football.
Cincinnati comes into this game as one of the NFL's four unbeaten teams. They're 7-0 after narrowly escaping Pittsburgh with a 16-10 win over the Steelers on Sunday. It's always hard to bounce back from a physical and grueling game as it was, let alone on a short week.
The good news is they should have plenty of motivation to bring their A-game after how the Browns embarrassed the Bengals in this very scenario last year. Cleveland came into Cincinnati for a Thursday night showdown and came away with a 24-3 win in 2014. It was arguably the worst game Cincinnati played last year as Cleveland beat them in just about every facet of the game.
However, Cincinnati returned the favor in Week 15 with a 30-0 win in Cleveland. That happened to be Johnny Manziel's first NFL start, and it was one to forget for the young quarterback as the Bengals' defense suffocated the Browns offense for four quarters. Reports say Manziel may be set to start in this matchup as well as Josh McCown is banged-up with a shoulder and rib injury.
The Browns come into this game on a three-game losing streak after losing 34-20 at home to the Arizona Cardinals this past week. Cleveland has now been outscored 58-26 in their last two losses to the Cardinals and St. Louis Rams. They are 1-0 in games Manziel has started this season after he led Cleveland to a 28-14 win over the Tennessee Titans.
Here is everything you'll need to watch Round 1 of the Battle of Ohio on Thursday night.
Where: Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio
When: November 5, 8:25 p.m. EST
TV: NFL Network, Cincinnati’s Channel 12
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 67 degrees [Weather Underground]
Odds: Cincinnati is favored by 12 points at home over Cleveland, with an over/under of 45.5, according to OddsShark.
Further Reading on the Enemy: For more info on the Browns, head over to Dawgs By Nature.