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Bengals v Browns is less David and Goliath, more night and day

04 Nov | BY Betway | MIN READ TIME |
Bengals v Browns is less David and Goliath, more night and day

There is only going to be one winner in this week's Thursday Night Football

There are times when a team in the NFL is on a bad run, yet still remain capable of great things on the day.

For example, plenty of people had written off Peyton Manning’s ability to lead the offense for the Denver Broncos.

His neck injury had left his ‘golden arm’ weakened and, at 39, his body was starting to let him down.

And yet, with time to spare in the pocket and perfect conditions at the Mile High Stadium on Sunday night, he sliced apart the Green Bay Packers’ previously-formidable defence to steamroller them 29-10 and move his team to 7-0.

Equally, there are times when a side is simply expected to lose.

Even when the Browns were 20-7 up against the Falcons at the weekend and apparently cruising, everyone – Cleveland fans included – were waiting for it to go wrong.

And so it proved.

The Browns tripped over their own metaphorical shoelaces and handed Arizona 27 unanswered points to lose 34-20.

To reverse the well-known saying, they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.

So this week, it is possible that the Cleveland Browns could beat the Cincinnati Bengals in Cincinnati.

It is possible that a team with a 2-6 record, who allowed Arizona to convert on 13 of 16 third downs, will triumph over a team with a 7-0 record for the first time in their franchise’s history.

But they won’t.

This is not a team with the players to turn around a 2-6 season.

Confidence in ex-draft hype master Johnny Manziel is so low that Josh McCown remains the starting quarterback, despite it being obvious that the player who was already struggling with a shoulder injury from the previous week was in immense pain.

What can be said about the Bengals?

Well, QB Andy Dalton finally conquered his big-game demons after being picked off twice in two drives against the Steelers, only to lead his team down the field for a game-winning touchdown drive.

They have found inner depths they didn’t know they had and are now benefiting immensely.

In short? The Bengals are deservedly 1/6 to win.

They are 5/6 to score over 28 points at home – which they will.

The Browns, meanwhile, are 9/2 to win – which they won’t.

This writer has been proved wrong before, but sometimes you just know.

And Cincinnati know it, too.

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