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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns Pick & Prediction SEP 17TH 2020

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Joe Burrow's NFL debut didn't result in a victory but the Cincinnati rookie quarterback takes another shot at notching a triumph when the Bengals visit the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.

The No. 1 overall pick from LSU has been the recipient of a ton of hype and he looked comfortable in his first game even though the Bengals (0-1) fell 16-13 to the visiting Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.

Burrow completed 23 of 36 passes for 193 yards and one interception. He did not throw a touchdown pass for the first time in a game since his 2018 college season in a loss to Alabama.

"We believe in him," Bengals coach Zac Taylor said. "There's never any doubt on that. He verified what we already knew."

Thursday's AFC North matchup could be the first of many between Burrow and Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Mayfield can relate to the expectations heaped on Burrow. Mayfield was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft after winning the Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma in 2017. He is impressed with what he is seeing from Burrow, the 2019 Heisman winner.

"From the games that I saw him play last year, [he has] very decisive," Mayfield said of Burrow's performance for LSU. "He gets the ball out and gives his guys a chance. ... Obviously, I think he is an unbelievably talented guy, but I think his teammates love him and they really fight for him."

Mayfield and the Browns (0-1) will be looking to improve their performances on Thursday, when there will be approximately 6,000 fans in attendance. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine lifted the limit of 1,500 people at outdoor gatherings for the Browns' home games against the Bengals and the Washington Football Team on Sept. 27.

Cleveland is looking to rebound after being drilled 38-6 by the host Baltimore Ravens in Week 1.

Mayfield was 21-of-39 passing for 189 yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Ravens.

One troublesome issue was Mayfield's failure to connect with receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Though Beckham was targeted 10 times, he had just three catches for 22 yards. The yardage output was the second lowest of Beckham's seven-year career, and it marked the wideout's career-long 11th straight game without posting 100 receiving yards.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was Beckham didn't reveal frustrations over the performance.

"I am just here at a point in my life where I just want to play football and I just want to win," Beckham said. "Period. There is nothing else that can distract to deter from those goals. Once I get you all, the world and everyone to understand that I care about one thing -- winning and producing."

Cleveland gave up the final 28 points in the loss to Baltimore while being drubbed in the debut of head coach Kevin Stefanski.

"We know that we have to play better and we have to coach better," Stefanski said. "That is the beauty of this thing is that we have an opportunity to do that Thursday night."

The Browns' defense will look to slow down Burrow, who played the best football of his debut on the game's final drive.

Cincinnati was down by three when it took over at its own 18-yard line with 3:08 remaining. Burrow didn't look like a novice as he completed 8 of 10 passes -- one of the incompletions was a spike to stop the clock -- for 70 yards.

That had the Bengals set up for a 31-yard field goal to force overtime. Randy Bullock came up lame as he was approaching the ball and sent the kick wide to the right. Bullock said he felt a grab in his left calf during his kicking motion and was seen holding his right calf after the miss.

Burrow then showed the type of leadership that a veteran might provide.

"At the end of the day, I made too many mistakes to win the game," said Burrow, "and we just didn't make enough plays to win the game."

However, veteran receiver A.J. Green was more than impressed with Burrow.

"He's unbelievable. That guy doesn't flinch," Green said of Burrow. "The way he handled himself in that last drive was unbelievable. I haven't seen no rookie the way he handled it after adversity. We got a special one in Joe and we are going to be better next week."

Bullock (calves, according to the injury report) practiced Tuesday so it looks like he may be available. But just in case, the Bengals claimed Austin Seibert off waivers, one day after the Browns cut him for missing one field goal and one extra point against the Ravens.

Cleveland signed Cody Parkey on Monday to handle its kicking duties.

The Browns have won three of the last four meetings. The teams split the two 2019 matchups.

--Field Level Media

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Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

Player Position Lineup
Jessie Bates III primary: Safety Starter
Tyler Boyd primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Carlos Dunlap primary: Left Defensive End Starter
A.J. Green primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Bobby Hart primary: Right Tackle Starter
Trey Hopkins primary: Center Starter
Sam Hubbard primary: Right Defensive End Starter
William Jackson III primary: Cornerback Starter
Fred Johnson primary: Right Guard Starter
Michael Jordan primary: Left Guard Starter
Joe Mixon primary: Halfback Starter
Darius Phillips primary: Cornerback Starter
Germaine Pratt primary: Linebacker Starter
C.J. Uzomah primary: Tight End Starter
Jonah Williams primary: Left Tackle Starter
Vonn Bell primary: Safety Starter
D.J. Reader primary: Nose Tackle Starter
Josh Bynes primary: Linebacker Starter
Joe Burrow primary: Quarterback Starter
Tee Higgins primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Amani Bledsoe primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Christian Covington primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Freedom Akinmoladun primary: Defensive End Substitution
Giovani Bernard primary: Halfback Substitution
Andrew Brown primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Randy Bullock primary: Kicker Substitution
Cethan Carter primary: Tight End Substitution
Alex Erickson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Jordan Evans primary: Linebacker Substitution
Clark Harris primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Trayvon Henderson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Kevin Huber primary: Punter Substitution
Carl Lawson primary: Defensive End Substitution
Billy Price primary: Center Substitution
John Ross III primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Drew Sample primary: Tight End Substitution
Brandon Wilson primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Tony Brown primary: Cornerback Substitution
Mackensie Alexander primary: Cornerback Substitution
Logan Wilson primary: Linebacker Substitution
Akeem Davis-Gaither primary: Linebacker Substitution
Khalid Kareem primary: Defensive End Substitution
Hakeem Adeniji primary: Guard Substitution
Mike Thomas primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Samaje Perine primary: Halfback Substitution
Geno Atkins primary: Nose Tackle Not active
Ryan Finley primary: Quarterback Did not play
Auden Tate primary: Wide Receiver Not active
Shawn Williams primary: Safety Not active
Trayveon Williams primary: Halfback Not active
LeShaun Sims primary: Cornerback Did not play
Markus Bailey primary: Linebacker Not active
Mike Daniels primary: Defensive Tackle Not active
Shaq Calhoun primary: Guard Did not play
Austin Seibert primary: Kicker Not active
Player Position Lineup
Odell Beckham Jr. primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Joel Bitonio primary: Left Guard Starter
Nick Chubb primary: Runningback Starter
Myles Garrett primary: Defensive End Starter
Chris Hubbard primary: Right Tackle Starter
Jarvis Landry primary: Wide Receiver Starter
Baker Mayfield primary: Quarterback Starter
Terrance Mitchell primary: Cornerback Starter
Larry Ogunjobi primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Sheldon Richardson primary: Defensive Tackle Starter
Sione Takitaki primary: Strong Outside Linebacker Starter
Wyatt Teller primary: Right Guard Starter
Tavierre Thomas primary: Defensive Back Starter
JC Tretter primary: Center Starter
Denzel Ward primary: Cornerback Starter
Austin Hooper primary: Tight End Starter
B.J. Goodson primary: MIKE Linebacker Starter
Andy Janovich primary: Fullback Starter
Andrew Sendejo primary: Free Safety Starter
Adrian Clayborn primary: Defensive End Starter
Karl Joseph primary: Strong Safety Starter
Jedrick Wills Jr. primary: Left Tackle Starter
Stephen Carlson primary: Tight End Substitution
Tae Davis primary: Linebacker Substitution
Jamie Gillan primary: Punter Substitution
Porter Gustin primary: Defensive End Substitution
KhaDarel Hodge primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Charley Hughlett primary: Long Snapper Substitution
Kareem Hunt primary: Runningback Substitution
Robert Jackson primary: Cornerback Substitution
D'Ernest Johnson primary: Runningback Substitution
Kendall Lamm primary: Offensive Tackle Substitution
Sheldrick Redwine primary: Safety Substitution
Montrel Meander primary: Defensive Back Substitution
Jojo Natson primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
Evan Brown primary: Center Substitution
Jordan Elliott primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Harrison Bryant primary: Tight End Substitution
Rashard Higgins primary: Wide Receiver Substitution
M.J. Stewart Jr. primary: Cornerback Substitution
Malcolm Smith primary: Linebacker Substitution
Ronnie Harrison Jr. primary: Safety Substitution
Joe Jackson primary: Defensive End Substitution
Vincent Taylor primary: Defensive Tackle Substitution
Cody Parkey primary: Kicker Substitution
Olivier Vernon primary: Defensive End Not active
Greedy Williams primary: Cornerback Not active
Mack Wilson primary: Linebacker Not active
Jack Conklin primary: Offensive Tackle Did not play
Case Keenum primary: Quarterback Did not play
Kevin Johnson primary: Cornerback Not active
Jacob Phillips primary: Linebacker Not active
Nick Harris primary: Center Did not play
Donovan Peoples-Jones primary: Wide Receiver Not active

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

  • Match Start
  • Period 1
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 11 Yards
    • Rusher: Nick Chubb
    • Conv Kicker: Cody Parkey
  • MIN 7
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 38 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Randy Bullock
  • Period 2
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 43 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Randy Bullock
  • MIN 1
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 6 Yards
    • Passer: Baker Mayfield
    • Conv Kicker: Cody Parkey
    • Pass Receiver: Kareem Hunt
  • MIN 9
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 23 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: C.J. Uzomah
    • Passer: Joe Burrow
    • Conv Kicker: Randy Bullock
  • MIN 11
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 43 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Odell Beckham Jr.
    • Passer: Baker Mayfield
    • Conv Kicker: Cody Parkey
  • Period 3
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Field Goal
    • 27 Yards
    • FG Kicker: Randy Bullock
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Nick Chubb
    • Conv Kicker: Cody Parkey
  • Period 4
  • MIN 0
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 9 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Tyler Boyd
    • Passer: Joe Burrow
    • Conv Kicker: Randy Bullock
  • MIN 3
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Rush
    • 1 Yards
    • Rusher: Kareem Hunt
    • Conv Kicker: Cody Parkey
  • MIN 5
    • scoring-play
    • Touchdown
    • Pass
    • 4 Yards
    • Pass Receiver: Mike Thomas
    • Passer: Joe Burrow
    • Conv Kicker: Randy Bullock
  • Match End

GAMES

Last 10

W 22% L 78%
2 7
  • @Washington L 9 - 20
  • @Pittsburgh L 10 - 36
  • Tennessee W 20 - 31
  • Cleveland L 37 - 34
  • @Indianapolis L 27 - 31
  • @Baltimore L 3 - 27
  • Jacksonville W 25 - 33
  • @Philadelphia D 23 - 23
  • @Cleveland L 30 - 35
  • L.A. Chargers L 16 - 13
W 70% L 30%
7 3
  • Philadelphia W 17 - 22
  • Houston W 7 - 10
  • Las Vegas L 16 - 6
  • @Cincinnati W 37 - 34
  • @Pittsburgh L 7 - 38
  • Indianapolis W 23 - 32
  • @Dallas W 49 - 38
  • Washington W 20 - 34
  • Cincinnati W 30 - 35
  • @Baltimore L 6 - 38

Next Games

  • N.Y. Giants(08-22-19) L 25 - 23
  • @Miami(12-22-19) L 35 - 38
  • Dallas(12-09-12) L 20 - 19
  • Pittsburgh(11-24-19) L 16 - 10
  • @Houston(12-24-16) L 10 - 12
  • @Jacksonville(10-19-14) L 6 - 24
  • @Tennessee(10-16-16) L 26 - 28
  • Baltimore(12-22-19) L 31 - 15
  • @N.Y. Giants(08-09-18) W 20 - 10
  • @N.Y. Jets(09-16-19) W 23 - 3

Last Meetings

  • Browns @ Bengals 37-34
  • Bengals @ Browns 30-35
  • Browns @ Bengals 23-33
  • Bengals @ Browns 19-27
  • Bengals @ Browns 18-26
  • Browns @ Bengals 35-20
  • Browns @ Bengals 16-30
  • Bengals @ Browns 31-7
  • Bengals @ Browns 23-10
  • Browns @ Bengals 17-31

American Football Conference

AFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Buffalo Bills73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Miami Dolphins64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
New England Patriots46 0.4003.00.00.0 3-21-44-0-6
New York Jets010 0.0007.00.00.0 0-50-50-0-10
AFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Pittsburgh Steelers100 01.0000.00.00.0 5-05-010-0-0
Cleveland Browns73 0.7003.00.00.0 5-12-27-0-3
Baltimore Ravens64 0.6004.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Cincinnati Bengals27 1.2227.50.00.0 2-20-52-1-7
AFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Tennessee Titans73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-23-17-0-3
Indianapolis Colts73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-13-27-0-3
Houston Texans37 0.3004.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Jacksonville Jaguars19 0.1006.00.00.0 1-40-51-0-9
AFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Kansas City Chiefs91 0.9000.00.00.0 4-15-09-0-1
Las Vegas Raiders64 0.6003.00.00.0 2-34-16-0-4
Denver Broncos46 0.4005.00.00.0 2-32-34-0-6
Los Angeles Chargers37 0.3006.00.00.0 2-31-43-0-7

National Football Conference

NFC EastWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Philadelphia Eagles36 1.3330.00.00.0 2-21-43-1-6
Dallas Cowboys37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
Washington Football Team37 0.3000.50.00.0 3-30-43-0-7
New York Giants37 0.3000.50.00.0 2-31-43-0-7
NFC NorthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Green Bay Packers73 0.7000.00.00.0 3-14-27-0-3
Chicago Bears55 0.5002.00.00.0 2-33-25-0-5
Detroit Lions46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-33-34-0-6
Minnesota Vikings46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6
NFC SouthWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
New Orleans Saints82 0.8000.00.00.0 5-13-18-0-2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers74 0.6361.50.00.0 3-24-27-0-3
Carolina Panthers47 0.3644.50.00.0 2-42-34-0-6
Atlanta Falcons37 0.3005.00.00.0 1-42-33-0-7
NFC WestWL DPRCGBHOMEAWAYPAST L10
Los Angeles Rams73 0.7000.00.00.0 4-03-37-0-3
Seattle Seahawks73 0.7000.00.00.0 5-02-37-0-3
Arizona Cardinals64 0.6001.00.00.0 3-23-26-0-4
San Francisco 49ers46 0.4003.00.00.0 1-43-24-0-6

Last Injuries

Cleveland Browns

  • K'Waun Williams

    Ankle
    Late Dec | out

    Williams is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks due to an high-ankle sprain.

  • Joe Jackson

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Jackson has landed on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unknown how long he will be on the sidelines.

  • Larry Ogunjobi

    Ankle
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Ogunjobi is dealing with an ankle injury, and it is uncertain if he will will line up against the Jaguars on Sunday.

  • Sione Takitaki

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Takitaki has been sent to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and there is no timetable for return.

  • Myles Garrett

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Garrett has been added to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is uncertain when he will return to action.

  • Charley Hughlett

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Hughlett has popped up the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list as he came in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus. It is unknown when he will be activated.

  • Jacob Phillips

    Knee
    Prob Sun | probable

    Phillips has been absent from the previous four games with a knee injury, but it is projected that he will return Sunday against the Eagles.

  • Wyatt Teller

    Calf
    Prob Sun | probable

    Teller is managing a calf injury, but is likely to be a participant in Sunday's showdown with the Eagles.

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Auden Tate

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Tate is on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unknown how long the symptoms will take to subside.

  • Mike Thomas

    Hamstring
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Thomas sat out the last game with a hamstring injury, and it is uncertain if he will be in the lineup versus the Giants on Sunday.

  • Joe Mixon

    Foot
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Mixon has been ticketed for the injured reserve list with a foot injury, and it is uncertain when the team will activate him.

  • Joe Burrow

    Knee
    I-R | I-R

    Burrow has been assigned to the injured reserve list due to a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee.

  • Giovani Bernard

    Concussion
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Bernard has a concussion, and it is uncertain if he will pass protocol prior to Sunday's tilt with the Giants.

  • B.J. Finney

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Finney has shifted to the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and it is unclear how much time he will need to recovery.

  • Jonah Williams

    Stinger
    Prob Sun | probable

    Williams has been absent from the lineup during the previous two games with a stinger, but he is projected to line up Sunday versus the Washington Football Team.

  • Xavier Williams

    Back
    Prob Sun | probable

    Williams is tending to a back injury, but it is not expected to impede his status against the Washington Football Team on Sunday.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield passed for two touchdowns and Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt each accumulated two scores as the host Cleveland Browns recorded a 35-30 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.

Mayfield completed 16 of 23 passes for 219 yards and one interception with the touchdowns going to Odell Beckham Jr. and Hunt. Chubb ran for 124 yards on 22 carries, Hunt rushed for 86 yards and a score on 10 carries, and Myles Garrett had a key strip-sack for the Browns (1-1).

Rookie Joe Burrow was 37 of 61 for 316 yards and three touchdowns for Cincinnati (0-2). Randy Bullock kicked three field goals after missing a last-second attempt Sunday that would have tied a game against the Los Angeles Chargers.

The contest was played in front of approximately 6,000 fans, the maximum approved by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine for Cleveland's two September home games amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Burrow tossed a 4-yard scoring pass to Mike Thomas to move Cincinnati within 28-23 with 5:55 left. The Browns answered with a six-play, 75-yard drive capped by Hunt's 1-yard run to restore a 12-point advantage with 3:55 left.

Burrow added a 9-yard scoring pass to Tyler Boyd with 43 seconds left before the Browns recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.

Cleveland, which finished with a 434-353 edge in total yards, took a 28-13 lead on Chubb's 1-yard run with 5:45 left in the third quarter as part of a couple frenzied sequences.

Chubb initially appeared to score on a 23-yard run, but officials reviewed the play and ruled he was down inside the 1-yard line. Cleveland took four cracks at reaching the end zone with Chubb coming up a half-yard short on fourth down.

The Bengals took possession, and on their fifth play, Burrow lost the football when Garrett knocked it out of his grasp and Joe Jackson recovered the ball at the 1. Two plays later, Chubb ran for a touchdown.

Cincinnati's Giovani Bernard appeared to scored on a 4-yard run with 1:52 remaining in the third, but a review found he was a foot short. The Bengals instead went backwards and settled for Bullock's 27-yard field with 20 seconds left to trail by 12.

Mayfield passed for 167 yards and two touchdowns in the first half as the Browns led 21-13 at the break. Burrow had 169 yards and one score in the half.

Bullock kicked a 38-yard field goal to cap Cincinnati's opening drive before Chubb responded with an 11-yard touchdown run on Cleveland's first possession.

The Browns increased their lead to 14-3 when Mayfield connected with Beckham (four catches, 74 yards) on a 43-yard scoring toss down the left sideline with 11:54 left in the second quarter. Burrow responded with his first NFL touchdown pass by hitting C.J. Uzomah from 23 yards out with nine minutes left.

Mayfield threw a 6-yard scoring pass to Hunt to make it 21-10 with 1:31 left. Bullock booted a 43-yard field goal with two seconds left for the Bengals.

Uzomah (four catches for 42 yards) was carted off the field after he sustained a right Achilles injury with 8:01 remaining in the contest.

--Field Level Media