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Browns Preview of the Week One Matchup with the Bengals in Cleveland

By Browns Gab Columnist Derek McQuaid

In two weeks the Cincinnati Bengals travel to Cleveland to take on the Brows in the NFL’s version of the “Battle of Ohio”. Here’s a breakdown of the upcoming season opener.

When: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, September 11, 20111

Where: Cleveland Browns Stadium (Stadium Information)

What: Major League Baseball has their version of the “Battle of Ohio”, with the Cincinnati Reds of the National League and the Cleveland Indians of the American League set to do battle every year on the diamond. (Indians lead the series 36-35 over the Reds)

The Reds and Indians seem to enjoy a friendly rivalry, but the annual battles between the Browns and Bengals are anything but.

Both of Ohio’s pro football teams play in the fierce AFC North of the NFL. The series has seen both teams battle each other to stay out of the cellar more often than not as of late. The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens have ruled the division in recent years, although both the Browns and Bengals have made pushes for the playoffs this decade

One team is finally starting to make a name for themselves around the NFL, the other has come crashing back to reality after a short stint at the top.

This year’s game between the rising Cleveland Browns and the spiraling Cincinnati Bengals will mark the 76th meeting between the two teams from Ohio. The Bengals lead the all-time series, 39-36. The home team won each of last year’s games.

Both teams will be looking to set the tone early for their perspective seasons. The Browns need a victory to prove they’re a team on the rise. A victory could also mean that injuries won’t be as big of a question mark for the Browns, who have potentially 7 key contributors questionable for the season opener.

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