I can’t believe it’s the Battle of Ohio #2 already. The second day of the year that my wife and I are enemies. Now let me paint this picture for you. My youngest just turned one so we’re having a party…on Sunday…at 12. All of our Ohio friends, who are ALL Cleveland fans, are coming over. At 1 the birthday party becomes a football party. Fast forward to 4:15. All of my friends leave crying and my wife doesn’t speak to me for the rest of night. You do the math.
If you’re disappointed in the way our Bengals fared last weekend imagine how they feel. After two wins on the road they lose to a beatable team at home. Now if I still lived in Cincinnati this wouldn’t deter me at all from attending every single home game for the rest of the season. However, I feel that this loss at home hit a lot of fans hard and will now hold ‘a grudge’ against their own team and jeopardize the chances of having sold out home games for the rest of the season. Come on Bengals fans! Get your butts in those seats and cheer strong. They’re going to need you next week…but let’s not get ahead of our self. Let’s get down and dirty…in Brown town!
Week 1: Mon, Sep 10 – Cincinnati at Baltimore Ravens, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN)
13-44 L 0-1
1-0 on Picks
Week 2: Sun, Sep 16 – Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
37-27 W 1-1
2-0 on Picks
Week 3: Sun, Sep 23 – Cincinnati at Washington Redskins, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
38-31 W 2-1
3-0 on Picks
Week 4: Sun, Sep 30 – Cincinnati at Jacksonville Jaguars, 4:05 p.m. ET (CBS)
27-10 W 3-1
4-0 on Picks
Week 5: Sun, Oct 7 – Miami Dolphins at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
17-13 L 3-2
4-1 on Picks
Week 6: Sun, Oct 14 – Cincinnati at Cleveland, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
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So I am now no longer perfect in my picks. My perfect season is over…but I’ll get over it. Make no mistake; this Browns team is better than it was in Week 2. Weedon is throwing more accurate, Richardson is running harder and their secondary just got an upgrade with the return of Joe Haden. The good news is that we’ve been improving too (for the most part). If you disregard the performance our offense last week we are moving in the right direction. We are holding teams to fewer rushing yards, our offense is putting up more points and even our secondary is looking mediocre.
So what do we have to worry about? Try this. Cleveland is 0-5…and that’s DANGEROUS. Win-less teams look horrid on paper but CAN be deadly on the field, however it’s not guaranteed. That’s why they’re win-less. Something else to cringe at is our running game. 14 yards on 9 attempts for the Law Firm is gross. And now that Scott is out for the season we’re looking at him to carry the ball MORE. Gruden, give the man some time and don’t abandon the rush. With that being said, if we get up on them, don’t sit on the run. Continue to move the ball and don’t give them more chances to come back.
As they have been in the past, the Bengals/Browns game in Cleveland have historically been a high scoring. I don’t think we’ll be venturing into the 40s and 50s this time but this will be another offense dominated game. I hope our D comes out with some big stops but I’m not betting my kids college funds on it. I’m predicting BIG plays from Green, Gresham and Hawkins this week.
Week 7: Sun, Oct 21 – Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati, 8:20 p.m. ET (NBC)
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: Sun, Nov 4 – Denver Broncos at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 10: Sun, Nov 11 – New York Giants at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 11: Sun, Nov 18 – Cincinnati at Kansas City Chiefs, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 12: Sun, Nov 25 – Oakland Raiders at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 13: Sun, Dec 2 – Cincinnati at San Diego Chargers, 4:15 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 14: Sun, Dec 9 – Dallas Cowboys at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (FOX)
Week 15: Thu, Dec 13 – Cincinnati at Philadelphia Eagles, 8:20 p.m. ET (NFL)
Week 16: Sun, Dec 23 – Cincinnati at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)
Week 17: Sun, Dec 30 – Baltimore at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. ET (CBS)