Nostrathomas Predicts: Thursday Night Football Featuring the Battle for Ohio

Both the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns played disappointing season openers, for completely opposite reasons. Cleveland was walloped by the former Browns, or the Baltimore Ravens to you young fans out there.

Joe Burrow went through the usual rookie struggles until Cincinnati’s final drive in the fourth quarter when he put his team in position to defeat the Los Angeles Chargers. The Bengals fell short when Burrow’s touchdown pass to A.J. Green was called back for offensive pass interference and placekicker Randy Bullock missed a 31 yard field goal that would have sent the game into overtime.

This week, the teams come together in the first battle of Ohio for 2020 and they can measure any offseason progress against each other.

Nostrathomas was very disappointed with his Week 1 results. Against the spread he was 1-2 with his best bets and 7-9 for the weekend. Straight-up he was 9-7. For Week 2, the trick is to not overreact to the results and statistics of Week 1. Teams are still settling in and finding themselves. Now, let’s get down to business.

Cincinnati Bengals +6 vs Cleveland Browns (Thursday Night Football, FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH)

The last two first overall draft picks had disappointing games last week. Burrow finished against the Chargers with a 4.4 net passing yards per attempt and passer rating of 68.4. Baker Mayfield was held to a 4.1 net passing yards per attempt and a 67.3 passer rating by the Ravens.

The Browns strength against Baltimore was running the ball. Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb combined for 132 yards on 23 carries for a 5.7 yards per carry average. Cincinnati held the Chargers to a 4.0 yards per carry.

Where the Cincinnati the advantage in this game, based on their results against the Chargers, is on pass defense Mayfield had a disastrous game against Baltimore. He could only complete three passes to Odell Beckham, Jr. in 10 targets for 22 yards. Beckham’s game is pulling in the deep ball and if Mayfield can’t get it to him, no amount of success in the running game is going to help Cleveland.

Nostrathomas Predicts

Here’s what Nostrathomas sees for this game. The Browns released placekicker Austin Seibert after he missed a field goal and extra point last week and signed former Bears placekicker Cody Parkey. Meanwhile, the Bengals signed Seibert to backup Randy Bullock, who suffered a “leg cramp” on the approach for his last second field goal miss.

On Thursday Night Football, Parkey misses two kicks and Seibert hits the game-winner to give Cincinnati their first win of the season because that would be the most Browns thing that can happen on national television.

Cincinnati Bengals 23 Cleveland Browns 21

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