The Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals meet tonight on Thursday Night Football both with winning records. It’s the first time in decades that’s happened, and the first time since 1989 the Bengals are looking to retain first place this late in the season. With the AFC North at stake for both teams, you’ll want to watch Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals live Thursday Night Football online free or on the NFL Network to see the in-state rivals go at it.
A win tonight would be the Cleveland Browns’ third in a row but their first in Cincinnati since 2008. Brian Hoyer has the 5-3 Browns playing well, which has forced rookie QB Johnny Manziel to watch Browns games live from the sidelines longer than anyone expected. In last week’s 22-17 win over Tampa Bay, Hoyer completed 21 of 30 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns.
The Browns’ offensive line allowed Hoyer to be sacked three times, though. Against the Bengals he should have more time, as Cincinnati is allowing 255.2 passing yards per game and has 13 sacks on the year. As we watch Cincinnati Bengals live online free tonight, the bigger story will be QB Andy Dalton.
Dalton hasn’t had a big season, passing for 1,874 yards and 8 TDs against 6 interceptions. But tonight he has an edge with wide receiver Greg Little, whom the Cleveland Browns cut last spring. Little has said tonight’s Browns vs Bengals Thursday Night Football game “is personal,” so he’ll be playing hard against the Browns secondary.
the Dalton-to-Little hookup will be important as we watch the Browns vs Bengals game free live Thursday Night Football tonight. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis has said Cincy running back Giovani Bernard won’t play in the Browns game tonight due to hip and shoulder injuries.
Here are some key game details to watch Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals live Thursday Night Football online free.
- Kickoff for Thursday Night Football Browns vs Bengals game: 8:25 EST / 5:25 PST
- Stadium: Paul Brown Stadium (the Cincinnati Bengals are the home team)
- Who’s favored / point spread for tonight’s Browns vs Bengals game: the Bengals are 6-point favorites
- Watch Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals live Thursday Night Football online free on the DirecTV website here (requires an NFL Sunday Ticket subscription with MAX package)
or on the NFL Network