Saturday, December 5, 2015

#Browns Preview 12.5.15: Cincinnati #Bengals @ Cleveland Browns

By @mrgroce

Monday night the Cleveland Browns lined up for what would have been the game winning field goal against the Baltimore Ravens. Only two things could have happened, so we thought. Either the field goal goes through the uprights and the Browns win, or they miss the kick and the teams go into overtime. By now you've all seen what actually happened. The one thing that could have happened but no one expected: the kick was blocked, the Ravens ran it back for a touchdown and the Browns lost.
A year ago I would have cursed, been sick to my stomach, and avoided ESPN for a few days. Not that night. I literally laughed, hit the rewind button on my Directv receiver to see the play a few more times, and then fininshed watching the last few episodes of Netflix's Jessica Jones.

I'm numb to the losses. Hell, I expect them.

In a season that was supposed to have only one big question mark (quarterback), the Browns truly have issues at every single position. The owner is too involved, the GM continues to make terrible decisions, and the coaching staff as a whole are clueless. Put all of that together and you end up with what is the worst record in the NFL. This article is supposed to be a "preview", but I'm stalling because there isn't a single thing to look forward to in this game. The Browns are 2-9 and the Bengals are 9-2. The Bengals are fourth in the league in scoring (27pts per game) and the Browns are second to last in scoring defense giving up 28pts per game. The Browns best player, and I use that term loosely, Joe Haden is STILL out with a concussion.

Have fun AJ Green! Tyler Eifert has been ruled out, but Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones will still be available to abuse Tremond Williams. The Bengals are also like most teams that use the two running back system with Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill. They'll be going up against the worst run defense in the NFL.

New week, new quarterback. This time Austin Davis will get his first start as a Cleveland Brown. Davis who came in for the injured Josh McCown in the fourth quarter, finished the game 7/10 for 77 yards and a touchdown. Davis is a solid QB who will probably have a small bit of success, but with basically no running game (no Browns running back has gained more than 40 yards for 6 straight games) and a very suspect offensive line, getting through this game healthy will be considered a success. Tight end Gary Barnidge and wide receiver Travis Benjamin have been the only consistent guys on this team. Davis will rely heavily on them.

I picked the Browns to beat the Ravens and I figured that would be their last win of the season. Well, I was wrong and I have learned my lesson. This Sunday at home the Browns will lose for the second time this season to the Cincinnati Bengals 31-10.

When's the draft?

What: Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals
When: Sunday December 6, 2015
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium Cleveland, Ohio
TV/Radio: Fox, 850 ESPN WKNR, 92.3 The Fan WKRK, 98.5 WNCX

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