The Cleveland Browns came into Sunday’s game against the Bengals looking to avenge their loss against division rival Pittsburgh last week. What they didn’t expect was that their longtime rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals, wouldn’t go down quietly.

After trading turnovers, the Bengals drew first blood when QB Joe Burrow would score on a one-yard TD run to put the game at 7-0 earlier in the first. A Cody Parkey field goal would give the Browns three points to put the game at 7-3 in favor of the Bengals.

The Bengals would kick a field goal to start the second quarter, but the Browns would surge back when Baker Mayfield found TE Harrison Bryant in the end zone to tie the game at 10 all. The Bengals would strike again when Burrow would find star wideout Tyler Boyd for an 11-yard TD just before halftime.

In the third quarter, Baker Mayfield would again find TE Harrison Bryant in the end zone again for a 16-yard TD to tie the game at 17, but the Bengals would kick a field goal to give them the lead, 20-17, going into the fourth.

The fourth quarter turned into an exciting one as Baker Mayfield would find another tight end, David Njoku, for a 16-yard TD. The Bengals would strike back when Joe Burrow would find Tee Higgins for a 16-yard TD pass of his own giving the Bengals a 27-24 lead. The Browns would not go quietly as Baker Mayfield would hit RB Kareem Hunt for a 6-yard TD pass to give the Browns a 31-27 lead.

The thing I like about Bengals QB Joe Burrow is that he’s a fighter and displayed this when he found RB Giovani Bernard in the endzone for a 3-yard TD pass. The problem with this was that he left the Browns and Baker Mayfield 1:06 to work with on the clock. The Browns offense would drive down the field with no time outs and Baker Mayfield would find rookie WR Donovan Peoples-Jones for a beautiful 24-yard TD pass with 11 seconds left in the game. The Bengals would try a Hail-Mary but to no avail and the Browns would leave the “Queen City” with a 37-34 victory and bragging rights over who runs Ohio for yet another year. Browns QB Baker Mayfield would finish the game 22/28 for 297 yards 5td’s and 1 int.

The Browns are now 3-0 when wearing the orange pants and are now 5-2 overall going into next week’s game. The Browns close out the season series with the Bengals 2-0 and are currently in 3rd place in the division.

This week the Browns will host cross-country rival the Las Vegas Raiders (it’s so weird saying that). The Raiders (3-3) are coming off a 45-20 loss to Tampa Bay. The Browns will be in the friendly confines of the “Dawg Pound” and will look to extend their home win streak which currently stands at three.

Raiders QB Derek Carr will look to bounce back against the Browns but will have to deal with Browns DE Myles Garrett looking to add him to the sack list. This game will be another trap game as they will host the Raiders just before the bye week. Getting to Derek Carr will be the key to slowing down a very capable Raider offense. Keep in mind also that with the win against the Bengals, this is the fifth time that the Browns have scored 30 points or more this season. If the Browns can get stops and turnovers, this game could get out of hand for the Raiders quickly.

FINAL PREDICTION: Dawgs stand up!! 30-13 BROWNS.

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