Thursday Night Football preview: Week 2
The NFL began the 2020 season last week with the Kansas City Chiefs defeating the Houston Texans 34-21 on Thursday Night Football. The game was never as close as the final score indicated. The Chiefs dominated, and Houston couldn't get much to go right.
This week's match-up features an AFC North battle between the two Ohio teams; the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals. Both teams enter the contest with 0-1 records.
The Bengals played the first game of the Joe Burrrow era last week, losing a close game to the Chargers, 16-13. Burrow looked pretty good in his first pro start- throwing for 193 yards and adding a rushing touchdown. Joe Mixon didn't have his best game, but A.J. Green led the team in receiving in his return to injury. Kicker Randy Bullock missed the game tying field goal and suffered an injury on the kick. They're honestly lucky the game was even close, since LA's offense out gained them and had a good day running the ball. The defense has to be better against Cleveland, and the offense needs to find scores.
Cleveland had the unlucky honor of opening the season against reigning MVP Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens. After last season, we all know the Ravens have an extremely potent offense, and they have always had great defenses. While Baltimore is known for an electric running game, it was the passing game that torched the Browns. The team totaled 284 receiving yards and scored 3 TD in the air. They also added 2 on the ground. In contrast, Cleveland only scored 6 pints while struggling to get anything substantial going. They should have better luck this week, but it was a bit concerning.
The Browns and Bengals will kickoff tonight at 8:20 PM ET in Cleveland. The game can be seen on NFL Network.