The Bengals are getting their first crack at the 2019 Browns this week. Cleveland was tolled as a competitor coming into the season after finishing off 2018 strong as well as adding Odell Beckham Jr. at wide receiver. After dropping to 5-7 on the season with a loss last week, the Browns have joined the Bengals among disappointing 2019 teams.
Cincinnati is flying as high as a 1-11 team can after winning their first game of the season last week. It was the first time we saw the offense clicking the same time as the defense all season long. Andy Dalton’s return to the starting lineup really had everyone playing a little bit harder. We will have to see if that same sort of effort is seen in Cleveland. Fans will also get to see John Ross for the first time since Week 4.
A few performances stuck out last week for the Bengals. The first had to be the offensive line only allowing one sack last week as well as opening up a few holes for Joe Mixon to take advantage of. Then there was Carlos Dunlap recording three sacks that highlighted how well the secondary covered the Jets last week.
Last year, the focus of these games was the juicy story of Baker Mayfield calling out his former head coach, Hue Jackson, for joining the Bengals after being fired midseason. We have already seen that this Browns’ team has a tendency to drink a little too much of their own kool aid this season. Can they get themselves up for a 1-11 team after having their playoff dreams all but ended last week?
Cincinnati Bengals (1-11) at Cleveland Browns (5-7)
Date/Time: Dec. 8th, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium Cleveland, Ohio
Series Leader: The Bengals lead the series at 50-41
Streak: The Bengals have won the seven of the past nine games, but the Browns have won the last two meetings
Coaches vs. Opponent: Zac Taylor: (0-0). Freddie Kitchens (0-0)
Television: The game will air on CBS-TV. In Cincinnati, it will be carried by WKRC-TV (Ch. 12). Broadcasters are Beth Mowins (play-by-play) and Tiki Barber (analyst).
Radio: Radio: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
Live Online Stream: fuboTV (try for free)
SB Nation Browns’ site: Dawgs by Nature
Odds: Bengals, +3.5 [Odds Shark]
Replays: Check local listings on NFL Network or NFL Game Pass