Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals Live Blog: Play-by-Play and Analysis

CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 24: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks to pass against the Arizona Cardinals at Paul Brown Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Cardinals 23-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Andrew DunnCorrespondent IISeptember 16, 2012

Week 2 of the NFL season is upon us and my first thought about this game is that both teams are looking to bounce back.  Cleveland was absolutely awful against Philadelphia, and Cincinnati was even worse against their division foes, the Baltimore Ravens.

However, today is a new day for both teams and someone is going to get back to .500.  The big key to this game is going to be how well Brandon Weeden can perform against what is now a questionable Cincinnati defense.  Last week, he was going up a couple of top-notch corners, but that's not the case against Cincinnati.

In addition, Andy Dalton showed a tendency to overthrow his receivers last week, which became a more common theme in the last stretch of last season.  While I think this is a habit he will eventually break, he can't do that today against a Cleveland defense that is intensely under rated, even without Joe Haden.

We're a mere two and a half hours from kickoff, so get your wings and pizza ready for a good one!

Cincinnati 34, Cleveland 27  Final

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