The Cleveland Browns were supposed to be a better team than they were last season but unfortunately they have yet to win a football game. They are putting points on the board but obviously their opponents are putting up more.
The Browns' defense will see a drastic improvement with the return of cornerback Joe Haden who was out of action for the last four weeks for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing drugs. For those that argue that defense is one of the primary causes for the Browns' disappointing performance this season, the unit has just gotten better. They will need it to contain Cincinnati Bengals' wideout A.J. Green this week.
As for the Cleveland offense, rookie running back Trent Richardson simply needs to keep doing what he has been doing. Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden needs to stop throwing interceptions. Nine interceptions through five games is a problem, rookie or not.
Cleveland has the raw talent to win the game; they simply need to hold it together through four quarters. Once they can do that on a regular basis they can work toward becoming a respectable football team.
The Cleveland Browns will take on the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns Stadium located in Cleveland, Ohio on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 1 p.m. EDT.
Cleveland enters the contest with a 0-5 record and in fourth place in the AFC North. They are 0-2 when playing at home and are 0-3 against AFC teams this season.
Cincinnati enters the contest with a 3-2 record and in second place in the AFC North. They are 2-1 when playing on the road and are 2-2 against AFC teams this season.
The regular season all-time series record stands at 42-36-0 in favor of the Bengals.
Where to watch:
The game will be televised on the CBS Network. Check your local television listings for broadcasts in your area.
Medical Watch: (PUP-physically unable to perform, IR-injured reserve, O-out, D-doubtful, Q-questionable, P-probable)
Cleveland: Phil Taylor (chest, PUP), Austin English (undisclosed, IR), Eddie Williams (undisclosed, IR), Emmanuel Acho (undisclosed, IR), Chris Gocong (Achilles, IR), Jordan Norwood (foot, O), Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring, O), Dimitri Patterson (ankle, O), Tashaun Gipson (knee, O), Travis Benjamin (hamstring, O), T.J. Ward (hand, Q), Ahtyba Rubin (ankle, Q), Raymond Ventrone (hand/calf, Q), Scott Fujita (shoulder/neck, Q), Frostee Rucker (shoulder, P), D'Qwell Jackson (head, P), Alex Smith (concussion, P).
Cincinnati: Pat Sims (hamstring, PUP), Bernard Scott (knee, IR), Thomas Howard (knee, IR), Tony Dye (ankle, IR), Robert Sands (chest, IR), Brandon Ghee (wrist, IR), Shaun Prater (knee, IR), Jamaal Anderson (quadriceps, IR), Kyle Cook (foot, IR), Taveon Rogers (shoulder, IR), Travelle Wharton (knee, IR), Jason Allen (quadriceps, Q), Wallace Gilberry (calf, Q), Dontay Moch (illness, Q), Dre Kirkpatrick (knee, Q), Pacman Jones (back, P), A.J. Green (knee, P), Terence Newman (groin, P), Andrew Whitworth (knee, P).
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