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Round one of the 2020 edition of the “Battle of Ohio” went to the Cleveland Browns.
After getting pummeled by the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1, Nick Chubb, Baker Mayfield, Odell Beckham Jr. and the Browns defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 35-30, in a primetime Thursday night nationally televised matchup at FirstEnergy Stadium.
No. 1 overall draft pick — and 2019 Heisman Trophy winner — Joe Burrow and Cincinnati’s offense tried keep pace with the Browns, however, the Bengals defense couldn’t contain the rushing attack of Cleveland, which had 215 rushing yards as a team.
While the Browns improved to 1-1, the Bengals dropped to 0-2 for the second-straight season.
Here’s what we learned from the Week 2 game:
Joe Burrow impresses in another loss
The top pick in the 2020 NFL draft had a couple rookie moments on Thursday night, but his overall body of work was impressive for a 23-year-old quarterback playing in his second professional game.
Burrow kept the Bengals within striking distance throughout the contest, despite the Browns moving up and down the field on Cincinnati’s defense. The rookie QB was 18-of-28 passing for 169 yards in the first half and threw his first touchdown pass of his career to tight end C.J. Uzomah.
The quarterback threw the second touchdown pass of his career in the fourth quarter to wide receiver Mike Thomas. Burrow kept Cincinnati close, but the Bengals defense couldn’t stop RB Nick Chubb.
Burrow had 61 total passing attempts. The most by a rookie quarterback since 2001. Burrow’s final stat line was 37-of-61 passing for 316 yards and three touchdowns.
Eight different Bengals caught passes from Burrow. He scans the field very well for a rookie quarterback.
Burrow’s primetime game impressed Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman. Even NBA superstar and Ohio native LeBron James tweeted his approval.
Browns run all over Bengals
Opposing teams are taking advantage of Cincinnati’s poor run defense. Nick Chubb had a field day running between the tackles. The Browns running back rushed for 124 yards and 2 TDs on Thursday night.
Chubb did most of his damage on inside runs against a Bengals defense missing eight-time Pro Bowler Geno Atkins who missed his second game due to a shoulder injury and Mike Daniels who was inactive because of groin injury.
The Bengals sorely misses Atkins. Atkins won’t solve Cincinnati’s deficient run defense, but the defensive tackle will certainly help.
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