Writer: Casey Kinnamon
Cincinnati Bengals (0-1) at Cleveland Browns (0-1)
Somebody’s O has got to go! A short week could be just what the Browns need to put their lackluster season opener behind them. After being completely and utterly decimated by the Ravens last Sunday, the Browns truly needed to be ‘On to Cincinnati’ directly after the final whistle. If the Browns are unable to put that opener in their rearview, it could be a long night in front of a national audience on Thursday Night Football.
The front four of the Browns defense should be licking their chops for this Thursday’s matchup with the Bengals. Getting pressure Joe Burrows is paramount in getting the rookie to make mistakes and rattle his confidence. With the Browns thin at defensive back, Myles Garrett and company need to be the ones to pick up the slack. Hopefully, the Browns’ defensive backs take advantage of any missteps that Burrows is forced to make.
Offensively, the Browns need to establish their identity. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt have to be the focal point of the offensive game plan if the Browns wish to reach their full potential. No less than 40 touches between Chubb and Hunt is acceptable.
For the fans brandishing torches and pitchforks, the hate for Baker Mayfield and Odell Beckham will continue for at least another week. If the Browns play the way they should Mayfield will have about 215 yards and one touchdown, and Odell will not be the recipient of the aerial score. Despite the Browns getting a much-needed victory, the mob will still be ready to storm the gates. As they always are.
Final Score: Browns 24, Bengals 20