The Battle of Ohio resumes in Week 7 when the Cincinnati Bengals host the Cleveland Browns.
The Bengals have been one of the NFL’s biggest disappointments through the first two months of the regular season. A 2-4 start has Cincinnati in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2010 season.
On the other side, Cleveland is just trying to get back to respectability after an 0-6 start has once again left them as the laughingstock of the NFL. The record is a bit deceiving though, as Cleveland was within one score in the fourth quarter in four of those games.
Still, this is team that Cincinnati has no business losing to, especially in the friendly confines of Paul Brown Stadium. Unfortunately, the Bengals have endured a road-heavy schedule over the first six games, four of which came on the road, where Cincinnati is 1-3. At home, the Bengals are 1-1 and looking to get that mark back above .500 when Cleveland comes to town.
This will be the first time new Browns head coach Hue Jackson faces his former team. Jackson served as the Bengals' offensive coordinator the past two seasons, and it’s clear both parties are finding life tough without each other.
The Bengals rank 29th in the league in scoring and have struggled mightily in the red zone. On the other side, the Browns are the NFL’s lone winless team, and currently rank 26th in scoring, 19th in total offense, 24th in passer rating, and are tied with the Bengals for the most sacks allowed (19).
It’s clear Jackson and the Bengals are still finding their way without each other. On Sunday, they’ll have to do so while facing off.
Here is everything you’ll need to watch and follow this AFC North affair.
When: Sunday, Oct. 22, 2016
Game Time: 1 p.m. ET
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati
Announcers: Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), Steve Beuerlein (analyst) and Steve Tasker (analyst).
Local Radio: Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (1530) and WEBN-FM (102.7).
Broadcasters: Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
Series and recent matchups: This will be the 86th regular-season meeting between the Ohio rivals. The Bengals lead series, 46-39, and have won the past three meetings. Cincinnati is 28-15 as the home team. During Marvin Lewis' tenure as coach, the Bengals are 18-8 against Cleveland, including a 10-3 mark at home.
Betting line: Bengals are the 10-point favorites, according to OddsShark.
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More Reading: Everything Bengals vs Browns.
Weather: The weather on Sunday is expected to be sunny in the low to mid 60s. (Perfect football weather, no?)