Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns Sun. Sept. 11, 2011 1 p.m. EST
The Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns are two teams in the AFC North division that didn’t had much chance of contending for the division title last season with the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers being the top dogs in the division and the conference for that matter, but this season the Browns might have some tricks up their sleeve as they were perhaps one of the most impressive teams in the preseason.
As for the Bengals, head coach Marvin Lewis will be rolling the dice start the season as he will have rookie quarterback Andy Dalton (TCU) under center in Week 1 against the Browns. Along with seeing their starter Carson Palmer retire because he didn’t want to come back to Cincinnati, the Bengals also traded wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, saw running back Cedric Benson head to prison and let free agent wideout Terrell Owens go.
Needless to say, this season looks like it could be a rough one for the Cincinnati Bengals as they will almost certainly struggle right out of the gate with a rookie quarterback and a ravaged football team. The Cleveland Browns on the other hand seem to be moving in the right direction as second-year quarterback Colt McCoy is coming into his own under center and running back Peyton Hillis has turned into an elite back out of the Cleveland backfield.
As of right now, the Cleveland Browns are favored to come out on top with a -7 point spread. This spread is right on the money in my opinion as I really don’t see any way that the Bengals are able to keep up with the Browns offensively.
Take the Browns at -7
Article written by: Marcus Nilsson