Two teams desperate for a win collide in the Queen City on Sunday, as the 0-3 Browns take on the 0-3 Bengals in the Battle of Ohio – Part One. These two teams met in week 16 last year, and the Bengals knocked their rivals out of the playoffs with a win. Little has gone right for the Browns since then, as they have started the season in a complete tailspin, struggling on offense to the point where the team is talking about a possible QB change.
That change may happen sometime Sunday, as coach Romeo Crennel may pull the plug on struggling Derek Anderson and go with wonderboy Brady Quinn, the teams second first-round pick from last year. Quinn has been itching for a shot, and with Anderson on life support with his play, it might be the spark that the Browns offense needed. Last week in Baltimore, Anderson threw three picks as the Browns lost 28-10. They actually had a lead in the game, but in the end a 21-point third quarter by the Ravens did them in.
The Bengals come in with a bit of confidence despite their 0-3 record, as they took the World Champion Giants to OT before losing. The offense, which had been awful the first two weeks, showed signs of life, and against the Browns they should be able to exploit their secondary, which can be had by good passing games, like the Cowboys in week one. Chris Perry also showed he can gain yards when the line blocks.
This game is going to be emotional, as both teams are going to pull out all the stops for a win. Neither can fall to 0-4, and both will resort to whatever it takes to get a win. The Bengals seem to have the momentum between these two teams right now, so expect them to have enough at home with the crowd on their side to gain a big win.