It’s week 1 of the NFL Season and the Bengals are kicking off their season with the 76th staging of the “Battle of Ohio”. The game is set set to be on CBS at 1pm and will be announced by Kevin Harlan & Solomon Wilcots.
This weeks games is important for two reasons to the Bengals. The first being the fact that out of the 9 seasons the Bengals qualified for the playoffs, 7 of those were seasons the Bengals won week 1. The other reason being for bragging rights over their same-state rival.
Out of the 75 games, the Bengals are currently leading the series 39-36. Since the Browns rejoined the league in ’99 the Bengals have a record of 11-5. But when opening against the Browns, the Bengals are 3-4 going 1-1 in Cleveland. That one win as the road team was in 2005 where the Bengals went on to put together an 11-5 record, winning the AFC North.
The projected starters for both teams are as follows:
Expect 2 very young teams in today’s game. Neither the Bengals or Browns are serious playoff contenders this season, but that doesn’t mean fans won’t be in for a good game. Both teams have a lot of young talent on their rosters and will be showing flashes of all that potential throughout the game. Many of the names in today’s game will be playing in Bengals-Browns games for years to come.
So start it off right Bengals, set the tone in Cleveland.