The battle of Ohio will be a battle for a teams first win. The Cincinnati Bengals travel to the Cleveland to face off against the Cleveland Browns. Both teams are currently 0-3. The Bengals have beaten the Browns 5 times in a row. The Browns are looking to end this losing streak as the Bengals want to expand it. The battle of Ohio is going to be a close game.
The Bengals offense have a lot to go off of last week. After not scoring a touchdown the first 2 weeks, they managed to get 2 offense of touchdowns last week against a very good Packers team. AJ Green will likely be doubled covered, or even triple covered through out the game, so tiger weapons need to open up to help him out.
John Ross hasn’t practiced all week, and neither has tight end Tyler Eifert. That means Tyler Boyd, Brandon LaFell, and Tyler Kroft have to step up. Last week those targets only combined for 5 total catches. The big thing that’s going to hold the Bengals offense back is the offensive line. Neither run or pass blocking has been very good for the Bengals this year. If you look at the tape from Green Bay, running back Joe Mixon had to fight very hard to get back to the line of scrimmage.
The first overall pick Myles Garrett looks to make his debut this week. Tackles Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher must contain him. Fisher can contain JJ Watt, so he likely can, it’s just a matter if he can stay consistent. Ceding Ogbuehi has been disappointing so far for the Bengals this year. This is a great week for him to improve. If the run blocking improves, Joe Mixon can possibly rush over 100 yards.
Bengals get linebacker Vontaze Burfict back this week, and the team couldn’t be happier. Burfict his the heart of their defense. The defense was playing great without Burfict, so they’ll be even better now that he returns.
The Browns will likely struggle against this elite Bengals defense. The Bengals had 6 sacks against the Packers, and that is not good news for Deshone Kizer and the Browns. The Browns offensive line was looking to be very good this year, but so far have been disappointing. If they play bad against the Bengals, not only will Kizer get sacked, he’ll make and decisions.
The Browns weapons have been disappointing so far this year. Wide receiver Corey Coleman broke his hand, and other weapons have not been very good. Isiah Crowell has. It been running as hard as last year. Kenny Britt has dropped to many passes. Duke Johnson has had flashes of good plays. Kizer has had good moments, but also had moments that are not too good. Kizer seems to make bad decisions when pressured, and Bengals are going to get pressure on him. This looks like a game a Bengals should win, but you never know in rivalry games.