Week 2 is here, and our writers here at Stripe Hype made their predictions on how they think the Bengals will fair against the Browns on Sunday as both teams look to get their first win and avoid 0-2 starts. The Battle of Ohio, round-1 is here.
Sean O’ Donnell
The Browns always play Cincy though, but this week the Bengals offense will be too much for the Browns to handle with Joe Haden serving the first of his four game suspension, the Browns will have a hard time finding an answer to A.J. Green. My pick is Bengals by a score of 27 – 17.
The Bengals pull out a 27-20 victory.
With the cornerback Joe Haden of the Browns sitting out due to an Adderall-related suspension, the Browns will not be able to stop A.J. Green. They can only hope to contain him. While the Browns will likewise try to take advantage of the Bengals’ weak secondary, Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins will be spending quite a bit of time getting to know Brandon Weeden, who makes Tom Brady look like Mike Vick. The Bengals win by a score of 28-10.
The Bengals will be fired up to play in front of a rocking and soldout Cincinnati crowd as they pounce on the Browns early behind a steady balance of BenJarvus Green-Ellis on the ground while Andy Dalton picks apart a depleted Browns secondary with no Joe Haden. The Browns attempt to focus their coverage on A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham, leaving Andrew Hawkins to explode for another big game against the team that originally almost him in 2008 before saying adios. The Bengals defense bounces back to force rookie QB Brandon Weeden into several turnovers while containing Trent Richardson from having his breakout NFL game. I’m picking the Bengals to win by a score of 23-13.
The Browns looked awful against the Eagles. Cleveland had trouble running the ball and, as I predicted in my Fantasy Football post, Brandon Weeden turned the ball over a ton. The Bengals will be playing angry and determined football in front of their home crowd after a tough loss in Baltimore that has caused many football analysts to doubt their potential for this season. The Bengals beat the Browns in a defensive slugfest, 20-9.