The Cincinnati Bengals look to improve their record to 2-0 when they face the winless Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium this Sunday in what could very well be the mismatch of the week. The Bengals are coming off a close, 27-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens while the Browns are stinging over their 34-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers at home. The Browns are looking for much improved results at their quarterback position, with Derek Anderson now the starter with reserve Brady Quinn and newly signed QB Ken Dorsey behind Anderson.
The change in the depth chart was due to former starter Charlie Frye being traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a sixth-round draft pick; whether this improves the QB situation in cleveland remains to be seen. Anderson, against Pittsburgh, went 13-for-28 for 184 yards with one touchdown and 1 interception. Not great numbers but probably what was to be expected considering who their opponent was last week. If Anderson should struggle, it is possible that Quinn should make his debut sooner than what was planned.
The Bengals, while not exactly providing offensive fireworks in their win over Baltimore last week, won due to a clutch goal-line stand in the waning moments of the game. QB Carson Palmer went 20-for-32 for 194 yards and 2 TD’s; Bengals wide receivers Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh both scored a TD, as well. The Browns will need an overall improved effort to have a chance of winning their first game of this young season.
But unfortunately, the Bengals’ offense will prove to be too much for a young and unorganized Browns team that will be going through some growing pains for some time this season. Because of this, the Bengals will win this contest quite easily, hence my saying this could be the mismatch of the week.