The Browns were actually able to hang with the Philadelphia Eagles last week, but fell short by a score of 17-16. The defense played outstanding, but the offense couldn't muster up enough to pull off the upset.
The Bengals were supposed to be in a position this year to compete with the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC North. Instead, the Ravens dismantled Cincinnati on Monday Night Football to the tune of 44-13.
Though it is only Week 2, it seems that Cleveland is catching the Bengals at the wrong time.
The Browns offense has trouble putting up points, and Cincinnati will be out to put last week's abysmal effort in the rear-view mirror.
Here is one bold prediction for each team in Sunday's matchup:
Brandon Weeden Throws Two First-Half Interceptions, Colt McCoy Starts Second Half
As well as the Browns defense played against the Eagles last week, the offense was atrocious.
Quarterback Brandon Weeden only completed 12 passes on his way to a mere 118 yards with four interceptions. The rookie signal-caller finished with a 5.1 quarterback rating; that is not a typo, in case you were wondering.
After a couple of non-impressive seasons, Colt McCoy lost favor in Cleveland, and Weeden was able to take the starting job from him in the preseason.
However, it might be safe to assume that Weeden's leash is short. A slow start against the Bengals would make it easy for Cleveland to bring McCoy back into the picture.
Bengals Force Five Turnovers, Score Two Defensive Touchdowns
The Bengals are in need of a confidence-booster, and the Browns could be just that come Sunday.
While Cincinnati wasn't able to force any turnovers against the Ravens last week, Weeden and the Browns made it common practice in their matchup with the Eagles.
The Bengals should be able to pressure Weeden and force him into speeding up the Browns offense on Sunday, something that should yield mistakes similar to his debut in Week 1.
With the home crowd behind them, the Bengals defense will be buzzing all over the field during Sunday's tilt.
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