Week 2: Bengals @ Cleveland Browns (TNF)
After his debut against the Chargers in Week 1, Joe Burrow is going to have a short week of preparation for his second game as a pro. This time, the rookie will be making his Thursday Night Football debut against divisional rivals the Cleveland Browns. For the first time in his short NFL career, Burrow will be playing a primetime game, where the eyes of every football fan in the world will be on him.
This won’t just be a battle between two rivaling Ohio teams, but the start of a rivalry between two young quarterbacks. Burrow is not the only former Heisman Trophy winner starting at quarterback for an Ohio professional football team and Baker Mayfield is set to be a perfect counterpart to the rookie.
Both passers are known for their outspokenness, confidence, and impressive skills slinging the ball. Burrow and Mayfield could be a big quarterback rivalry for years to come in the AFC North and neither will want to lose their first matchup, especially not under the bright lights of primetime.
On paper, the Browns should be a better team than the Bengals in 2020. However, if Burrow can beat Mayfield and his weapons in a shootout in his first primetime game, optimism will soar in Cincinnati.