By Alex Kurpeski
Following a thrilling slate of games to kick off the season, we get to witness a fascinating matchup between two AFC North squads to start Week Two. The winless Browns and Bengals lock horns in their first head to head matchup of the year. Who will prevail in the first battle between former Heisman winners Baker Mayfield and Joe Burrow? Keep reading to find out!
What To Expect From The Browns
Week One was a wash for Cleveland. They got blown out by the Ravens and played like shit on both sides of the ball. While some have written the Browns off because of this dismal performance, it’s worth acknowledging that it was in fact Kevin Stefanski’s coaching debut, and it came against a team that is currently a Super Bowl favorite. The Bengals should prove less challenging to handle, as Cincinnati’s defense allowed the Chargers to run for 155 yards against them last week. This should be a perfect opportunity for Nick Chubb to shake off his underwhelming performance from Week One. I’m expecting a solid game from everyone on the Browns offense.
What To Expect From The Bengals
The Bengals managed to botch Joe Burrow’s debut by whiffing on a game-winning field goal attempt. Though they had victory within the palm of their hands, the performance of their offense is still a concern for me. The Chargers defense pushed Joe Mixon around all day, shutting down the passing game as well. Cleveland’s pass rushers could have a day against Bobby Hart and Jonah Williams, which means Burrow may be running for his life once again. I foresee a better week from Mixon and Tyler Boyd, but only by a small margin. This is Cleveland’s game to lose.
Fantasy Player Of The Game: Nick Chubb
Chubb is going to be playing angry in this one. The Ravens locked him up last week, but the Bengals will be unable to contain him. Chubb is a good bet to go for 100+ yards and at least one touchdown in this contest.