Cincinnati Bengals vs Cleveland Browns : The Week 16 game between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals will air on CBS at 1:00 PM ET on Sunday. The game will be called by Spero Dedes and Adam Archuleta. Pretty much of all Ohio gets to see the game, except the pocket that is always in Indy territory,
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In the NFC, the New Orleans Saints can clinch home-field advantage and the Los Angeles Rams can clinch a first-round bye in Week 16.In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs can clinch home-field advantage and the Houston Texans can clinch a first-round bye.
Setting the scene: The Cincinnati Bengals this week travel to Cleveland to play the Browns on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. This “Battle of Ohio” — the second of two meetings between the teams this year — is the first of two consecutive Bengals road games to close out the 2018 season.
Last week, the 6-8 Bengals ended a five-game losing streak and won their 2018 home finale 30-16 over the Oakland Raiders at Paul Brown Stadium. In the win over Oakland, Cincinnati played well in all three phases. On offense, the Bengals scored on four consecutive first-half drives en route to a 20-7 halftime lead. HB Joe Mixon led the way by totaling a season-high 129 yards and two touchdowns rushing
carries (4.8-yard average). WR Tyler Boyd caught four passes for 38 yards and a touchdown, and he passed 1000 yards receiving on the season (he now has 1028). The win was the first for QB Jeff Driskel, who made his third start in place injured Andy Dalton, who is out for the season with a thumb injury.
The Bengals’ defense held the Raiders to just 297 total net yards, including just 68 yards rushing. It also held Oakland to just three total third-down conversions, a season low for Cincinnati opponents, and recorded two fumble recoveries for the first time this season. DT Geno Atkins and DE Sam Hubbard combined for five sacks (Atkins had three, and Hubbard had two).
The Steelers lost their chance to clinch the AFC North on Saturday when the Ravens beat the Chargers, 22-10.Two weeks after Mayfield called out the Cleveland faithful for failing to fill FirstEnergy Stadium to capacity during the team’s win over the Carolina Panthers on Dec. 9, Cleveland rewarded the emerging star of a quarterback by making the Browns’ final home game of the regular season a sell out.Mayfield’s sentiment was similar to the one he shared two weeks ago when attendance in the upper deck of FirstEnergy Stadium was noticeably sparse during the Browns’ 26-20 victory over Carolina.
“We would love to have more fan support,” Mayfield said. “Today was cold, I get it, but having more people, especially at our last home game coming up, we would love to have more people in the stands cheering for us because we feed off of the energy.
“You can tell. It is very obvious. I do not have to say it how our defense feeds off of the energy in the stadium and being able to start fast and get that going and put teams in a bind and put pressure on them.”
Although there was some initial backlash from fans, Mayfield’s comments — plus the team’s win over the Broncos last Saturday — seem to have had a positive effect. As for whether or not FirstEnergy Stadium will actually be filled on Sunday, that depends on how receptive those still looking to attend are to a secondary ticket market currently featuring a season-high in prices.
Television: The game will air on CBS. In the Bengals’ home region, it will be carried by WKRC-TV (Ch. 12) in Cincinnati, WHIO-TV (Ch. 7) in Dayton and on WKYT-TV (Ch. 27) in Lexington. Broadcasters are Spero Dedes (play-by-play) and Adam Archuleta (analyst).
Radio: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).