Cincinnati Bengals at the Cleveland Browns: Who Has the Edge?

Ashley Swafford@ashleyswaffordContributor IOctober 3, 2010

Cincinnati Bengals at the Cleveland Browns: Who Has the Edge?

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    CLEVELAND - OCTOBER 04:  Dhani Jones #57 of the Cincinnati Bengals makes a tackle against the Cleveland Browns during their game at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 4, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Browns 23-20 in overtime.  (Photo
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    The Cleveland Browns host the Cincinnati Bengals and, in the process, renew a rivalry this Sunday.

    Can Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer team up with Ocho and T.O. and finally make things happen? Will the ever-closing gap between the two teams grow closer? The two Ohio-based teams will duel at 1 PM in Cleveland. 

Edge: Browns

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    BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 26:  Seneca Wallace #6 of the Cleveland Browns falls on the ball after a mishandled handoff against the Baltimore Ravens  at M&T Bank Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Browns 24-17. (Photo
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    Though the Cleveland Browns have not won any of their games this season, they have home-field advantage this Sunday. With the heightened emotions and the thought of a rival coming to town, the Browns could very well pull off an upset.

    The rivalry is 38-35 Bengals; however, the Browns lead 21-16 at home. The games are hardly ever blow outs. Last year, in Cincinnati, the Bengals beat the Browns by three points in overtime. The Browns were terrible last year while the Bengals were the top seed in the AFC North.

Edge: Bengals

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 26:  Chad Ochocinco #85 of the Cincinnati Bengals during their game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    The Bengals edge the Browns in every category in NFL rankings.

    The Bengals are 16th in scoring, 15th in offense, ninth in defense, and third in the turnover margin. The Browns are 27th in scoring, 19th in offense, 16th in defense, and 19th in the turnover margin.

    The Bengals should far easily if they play with pace and not make too many mistakes resulting in easy yardage for the Browns.

Edge: Bengals

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 26:  Terrell Owens #81 of the Cincinnati Bengals against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    The Bengals are 2-1 this season, while their rival is 0-3.

    The Bengals have bet the Browns the past three times in a row. The Bengals need a game like Sunday’s to prove the T.O.-Ocho connection. If the offensive line can provide better pass protection, then the Bengals should be set.

Prediction

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 26:  Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals against the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on September 26, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    Cincinnati Bengals over the Cleveland Browns 38-24 at home.

    Though the Bengals duo, Terrell Owens and Chad Ochcocinco, have not done much thus far, a game against a sub-par team like the Browns could do the trick.

    The Browns have lost all over their games this season. The Bengals will play at the level of the Browns until the half and then, Batman and Robin will go off.