AFC Game Of The Week
Browns (5-3) at Bengals (5-2-1)
Browns: This is the best I’ve seen them look since 2007. They are playing a primetime game and a meaningful game for the first time in quite some time. Usually in November, the Browns are normally playing for pride. That isn’t the case this year. Remember that quarterback controversy during training camp? Who would be the starter this season, Johnny Manziel or Brian Hoyer? Hoyer has done a great job this year. The offensive line has protected him and he’s confident that his receivers will catch whatever he throws. the defense has also done well and it’ll help when you have a defensive minded head coach in Mike Pettine. This is the biggest game of the year for the Browns. You win and you’re in first place in the AFC North.
Bengals: They play extremely hard and they’re in first place in a very tough division. They play their best in the division. They beat Baltimore in both meetings this year. They have balance on offense, they play physical defense and they do well on special teams. Andy Dalton and A.J. Green are still one of the best tandems in the NFL today and they have a nice duo in the backfield with Bernard and Jeremy Hill who’s come on as a solid all around back. I know he’s been on the hot seat, but the Bengals play hard for Marvin Lewis. This is a huge game with heavy divisional implications on Thursday night.
Prediction: This is easily the best division in the NFL this year. All four teams have a winning record and I feel this division will be decided in December. The Browns must limit A.J. Green. Joe Haden has had much success defending him over the years. The Bengals need to pressure Hoyer as often as possible. I like the Bengals in this one. Bengals 27 Browns 17.