Both teams had highly disappointing season openers. For Cincinnati, they traveled to Baltimore and were steamrolled by a Ravens team that looked like a well-oiled wrecking machine coming off of preseason.
The Bengals defense, that had been solid in 2011, was picked apart by Flacco and Co., to the tune of 44 points. The game wasn't close. But I wasn't terribly surprised.
Now, the Browns. That was surprising.
Cleveland had a legitimate chance to win in Week 1 against the loaded Philadelphia Eagles. And I'm not talking one of those "Well if only they didn't muff that punt, they only would've been down nine points in the third quarter" kind of chances. No, I mean a "They were winning in the last two minutes of the game" kind of chance.
And yet, they were terrible.
Brandon Weeden was truly a sight to behold. His historically bad debut left him at the bottom of the NFL barrel. Pick any offensive passing statistic, and Brandon Weeden will be No. 32, guaranteed.
The Browns "offense" mustered just 210 yards on 59 plays, an average of 3.6 yards per play. Twenty-four NFL players have higher yards-per-rush-attempt averages, including backups Kendall Hunter and Rashad Jennings.
Oh, and their only touchdown of the game was a defensive return of one of Michael Vick's four interceptions.
The point here is that the Browns are going to be really, really bad this year. You thought Colt McCoy was bad? You better tighten your seat belt. The Bengals got run over by a great team, and will rebound for their home opener. Brandon Weeden will add a couple more interceptions to his ever-growing tally.
Lock it up: Bengals win by 21