The Bengals get a rematch against the Browns this week. These two teams met in Week 2 on Thursday Night Football. A game where the score was closer than the actual game. Cleveland’s offensive line dominated Cincinnati’s defense. Baker Mayfield saw no pressure and Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt ran all over them.
Rookie quarterback Joe Burrow will look to build off an impressive performance against the Colts last week. He should have easier sledding against a Browns’ defense that he tossed three touchdowns on the last time these two teams met. That was also the last game before rookie wide receiver Tee Higgins became a starter, which gives Burrow and Higgins a chance to take advantage of Cleveland’s weak secondary outside of Denzel Ward.
Mayfield will be looking to turn things around after a disappointing performance against the Steelers last week as he tried to play through a rib injury. That loss only put the team down to 4-2, but it was a very meaningful game as they now have losses against the Steelers and Ravens this season, which puts them way behind in the divisional race.
The Bengals may not be playing for the division, but Zac Taylor and this team a win to try and put a halt to how hot his seat has been seemingly getting as he has only won 3 games since taking over in 2019. This week has also created plenty of drama for fans to speculate on following the benching of Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins in a game where Cincinnati blew a 21-point lead. This needs a win just to get back in the fans good graces.
Can the Bengals reverse their recent fates and get a divisional win this week?
Cincinnati Bengals (1-4-1) vs. Cleveland Browns (4-2)
Date/Time: Oct. 25th, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio
Series Leader: The Bengals lead the series 51-43
Streak: The Browns have won four of the past five meetings
Coaches vs. Opponent: Zac Taylor: (1-2). Kevin Stefanski (1-0)
Television: The game will air on CBS-TV. In the Bengals’ home region, it will be carried by WKRC-TV (Ch. 12) in Cincinnati, WHIO-TV (Ch. 7) in Dayton and on WKYT-TV (Ch. 27) in Lexington. Broadcasters are Spero Dedes (play-by-play) and Adam Archuleta (analyst).
Radio Broadcast: 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: Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).
Online Stream: Watch the game online with a free trial of fuboTV
Replay: NFL Game Pass
SB Nation Browns’ site: Dawgs by Nature
Weather: Mid 50’s, possible drizzle and overcast [NFL weather]
Odds: Bengals, +3 [Odds Shark]