The first step to climbing out of the 0-3 hole the Cincinnati Bengals find themselves in is in Cleveland.
The Bengals have had a nightmare start to the season. They have already parted ways with their original offensive coordinator after the team failed to score a touchdown the first two weeks of the season.
The Bengals did finally get their touchdown last week under Bill Lazor, and overall the offense saw a slight uptick, but Andy Dalton and the offense failed to seal away the game.
The Cleveland Browns are also looking for their first win of the season. Hue Jackson and his team led by rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer have had the typical bumps and bruises you’d expect such a young team to have.
They lost last week as their comeback attempt came up just short against the Colts, who won their first game of the season.
The winner of this game will only be two wins behind the division leader as well, so all hope is not lost. Especially for the Bengals who play the Bills at home before traveling to the Steelers after their bye week. If they win those three games, they would be in pretty good standing in the AFC North.
The Bengals have Vontaze Burfict returning from his three-game suspension as well, which should be a huge boost to a defense that was playing pretty well already.
The Bengals saw several of their young players step up last week as well including William Jackson with his first interception, which he returned for a touchdown. Carl Lawson recorded 2.5 sacks (and one that was wiped out due to a penalty). Also, Joe Mixon finally took control of the backfield by gaining over 100 total yards.
Hopefully this week we several more young players step up, but this time, it results in a win.
How to watch:
Game: Cincinnati Bengals (0-3) at Cleveland Browns (0-3)
Date/Time: Sunday, October 1st, 2017 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: First Energy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
Series Leader: Bengals lead 48-39
Streak: Bengals have won the last five meetings
Coaches vs Opponent: Marvin Lewis (3-0), Hue Jackson (0-2)
TV: CBS broadcast with Spero Dedes (play-by-play) and Adam Archuleta (analyst). The game will air in the Bengals home market on WKRC-TV (Channel 12) in Cincinnati, WHIO-TV (Channel 7) in Dayton and on WKYT-TV (Channel 27) in Lexington, Ky.
Browns SB Nation: Dawgs By Nature
Weather: High 60s; clear and dry throughout [NFL Weather]
Odds: The Bengals open as a 3.5-point favorite. [Vegas Insider]
Uniforms: Black Jersey with white pants; The Bengals are 31-31-1 (.500) in that combination since 2004.