The Cleveland Browns are tied for first in the AFC North. The perennial doormat of the division dominated its intra-division, intra-state rivalry with the Cincinnati Bengals last night, scoring first and never trailing en route to a 24-3 victory.
At the start of the season, a Cleveland-Cincinnati battle as a Thursday Night primetime game did not appear to be an ideal television choice.
Week 10 of the 2014 NFL regular season has a lot of big games on the schedule and that includes two big AFC contests that include match-ups between potential playoff teams. Steve Tasker of CBS Sports took some time to discuss the “Thursday Night Football” game between the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals and then a Sunday match-up between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs.
First place is on the line in the air tight AFC North as the Browns visit the Bengals on Thursday night. Considering the Browns are involved, that’s hard to believe-remember, Cleveland hasn’t posted more than five wins since 2007.
Andy Dalton made up for his two second-half turnovers by scoring on a 1-yard sneak with 57 seconds left on Sunday, rallying the Cincinnati Bengals to a 27-24 victory over the Baltimore Ravens that tightened the AFC North race.
The Ravens opened the season at home with their worst game.
You wouldn’t necessarily expect a Baltimore Raven to buy a Cincinnati Bengals jersey, considering that the teams are division rivals and that the Bengals are the only AFC North team ahead of the Ravens headed into week 7.
The Baltimore Ravens navigated their way through the Ray Rice saga and overcame a series of injuries to put together a three-game winning streak that provides them with a measure of momentum entering their roughest stretch of the season.
The Cincinnati Bengals had given away a 15-point lead, were still in search of their first touchdown and seemed poised to absorb another devastating defeat in their personal House of Pain.
The Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens begin a new regular season the same way they ended the last one: facing each other in a meaningful AFC North duel.