Sep 16, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson (33) stiff arms the Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Nate Clements (22) during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Browns 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
The Cincinnati Bengals didn’t do much of anything to bolster their chances of winning the AFC North or making a repeat trip to the postseason this year, but one team made a move that could actually help the Bengals in the long-run. The Cleveland Browns traded away their best player, running back Trent Richardson, in hopes of rebuilding in next year’s NFL Draft, but they also set themselves up to fail miserably this year, and with a road contest against Cleveland coming next week, that matchup got a whole lot easier.
It’s easy to forget the Browns handled the Bengals in Cleveland last year, holding as big as a 17-point lead in the fourth-quarter, and most would agree this year’s team was much-improved from then. But with no Richardson and an ailing Brandon Weeden, this game goes from being a toss-up to being one the Bengals have no business of losing.