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

Ashley SwaffordContributor IOctober 3, 2010

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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.