Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals – Week 18 to know
The Cleveland Browns will close the book on the 2021 regular season on Sunday when they host the Cincinnati Bengals at the FirstEnergy stadium.
The Browns were knocked out of the playoffs last weekend, while the Bengals won the AFC North Division with the help of the referees.
With neither team having anything to play, the game will have the appearance of a preseason contest as Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield sits out after being placed on the reserve roster. injured, and Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow will take a day off to rest for the playoffs.
Can the Browns end a disappointing season on a winning note? Can they continue their recent domination over the Bengals and bring their record to 7-1 in games between the two teams since the start of the 2018 season?
We’ll all find out on Sunday afternoon, so in the meantime, here’s everything you need to know as the Browns look to the offseason with a dash of dignity.
Recordings: Cleveland is 7-9. Cincinnati is 10-6.
Division registers: Cleveland is 2-3. Cincinnati is 4-1.
To start up: 1:00 p.m.
Stadium: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland
Advertisers: Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Lindsay Czarniak (on the sidelines
Radio: 92.3 The Fan (WKRK), ESPN 850 WKNR and WNCX (98.5)
Advertisers: Jim Donovan, Doug Dieken, Nathan Zegura (secondary reporter)
Last meeting: The Browns won the last regular season clash, 41-16, in Week 9 of this season. (The score of the box)
All-time series: The Bengals lead the all-time streak, 51-45. The Browns have won six of the last seven meetings between the two teams, including three in a row at home.
Weather: 38 degrees and cloudy, with 16 percent chance of precipitation and 20 mph winds from the west. (weather.com)
Uniform: The Browns will wear their brown jerseys and white pants.
Injury report: Browns – Questionable: Safety Ronnie Harrison (ankle), cornerback Troy Hill (knee), running back Kareem Hunt (ankle), safety John Johnson III (hamstrings), tight end David Njoku (shoulder) , cornerback Denzel Ward (groin) and cornerback Greedy Williams (shoulder).
Bengals – Questionable: quarterback Joe Burrow (rest / knee), defensive end Sam Hubbard (thigh), kicker Evan McPherson (right groin), defensive end DJ Reader (rest) and tight end CJ Uzomah (knee, hip). Absent: cornerback Jalen Davis (ankle) and defensive end Cameron Sample (hamstrings).
Line: Browns -6
Some things to watch out for
Battle of the Safeguards – Fans might need a schedule to determine who is on the pitch for the Browns and Bengals on Sunday.
Cleveland will give quarterback Case Keenum his second start of the season, while the Bengals roll with Brandon Allen as quarterback.
The game will be Allen’s sixth start as a Bengals quarterback after making five starts last season after Burrow collapsed with a ripped ACL. During that streak, he completed 63.4% of his passes for 925 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions.
It remains to be seen how the Browns will counter the Bengals in defense, but head coach Kevin Stefanski said this week that anyone in good health can play, but many starters on both sides of the ball might not see their normal amount. of game time.
Notable milestones –Defensive end Myles Garrett is still five sacks off the record in franchise history, so while he probably won’t reach that mark on Sunday, he can reach a few more milestones.
With a half-sack, Garrett will overtake Bruce Smith for most sacks by a No.1 pick in their first five seasons. That half-sack would also break a time with Smith and Jarrett Allen for the most sacks by a player in their first five seasons.
If tight end David Njoku catches a touchdown pass, it will not only mark a career-high with five, but tie Njoku for the sixth-highest number of touchdown receptions by a Cleveland tight end in a single season. He would join Ozzie Newsome (1984 and 1985), Milt Morin (1968), Kellen Winslow Jr. (2007) Steve Heiden (2004) on the list.
On the team side, if the Browns rush over 150 yards, they will tie the 1947 team for second in franchise history with 10 games.
For the Bengals, wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase is only 45 receiving yards from breaking the rookie record set in 1960 by Bill Groman of the Houston Oilers.
Time to say goodbye? – Sunday could be the last game in orange and brown for several players – either because their contracts are expiring or because the Browns might be willing to move on – including wide receiver Jarvis Landry, tight end Austin Hooper, center JC Tretter, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, wide receiver Rashard Higgins, defensive tackle Malik Jackson, linebacker Malcolm Smith, running back D’Ernest Johnson, linebacker Anthony Walker Jr., and safety Ronnie Harrison Jr.
Sunday will also be Doug Dieken’s last game in the radio booth. Dieken has been a member of the organization for 50 years, first as a player from 1971 to 1984, and since 1985 as a member of the team’s radio show.
The Browns will pay tribute to Dieken in Sunday’s game.
A final quote
Head Coach Kevin Stefanski (via a transcript provided by the team):
âThere’s no question that there is disappointment and frustration depending on where we are, but as pros we know we have a job to do. We know we have a game on Sunday against the division champions. We play in front of our home fans. Another opportunity to compete. I think the guys understand this part.
These are just a few things to watch out for; now is the time to have your say. What do you expect from the Browns for Sunday’s game against the Bengals?