Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns
Thursday Sept 17, 2020 at 8:20 pm
Opening Line: Cleveland -7.5 with a total of 46
Projected weather: 62 degrees, partly cloudy with wind out of the NE at 10-15 mph
- The Bengals lost 16-13 to the LA Chargers last week in a game they should have won. AJ Green’s TD catch in the end zone, which would have likely won the game, was called back on an offensive pass interference penalty. Then kicker Randy Bullock missed a chip shot FG to tie the game when he injured his leg on his approach to the potential game tying kick.
- Rookie QB Joe Burrow looked comfortable completing 23 of 36 passes with one interception and had the potential game-winner to AJ Green that got nullified by the offensive PI penalty. This Thursday’s AFC North matchup will be the first of what should be many between Burrow, 2020’s overall number one draft choice, and Cleveland’s fellow number one overall pick from the 2018 draft QB Baker Mayfield.
- Burrow drove the Bengals, who were down by 3 with 3:08 remaining in the game, into position for the game tying FG by completing 8 of 11 passes for 70 yards. Veteran receiver Green said of Burrow “The way he handled himself on that last drive was unbelievable.… We got a special one in Joe and we are going to be better next week.”
- Mayfield and the Browns will be looking to bounce back this week after being manhandled 38-6 by the Baltimore Ravens. He completed 21 of 39 passes for 189 yards one TD and one interception in the loss.
- Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr was targeted 10 times but had only 3 catches for 22 yards.
Cleveland’s first year Head Coach Kevin Stefanski said “We know that we have to play better and we have to coach better”. The Browns after trailing only 10-6 went scoreless in the final 3 quarters and gave up the final 28 consecutive points in the loss to the Ravens.