Thursday Night Football Live: The Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals will face off in an AFC North clash at 8:20 p.m. ET Sept. 17 at FirstEnergy Stadium. The teams split their matchups last year, with Cleveland winning the first 27-19 at home and Cincinnati taking the second 33-23.
How To Watch
When: Thursday at 8:20 p.m. ET
Where: FirstEnergy Stadium — Cleveland, Ohio
TV: NFL Network
Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
Follow: CBS Sports App
A win for the Browns just wasn’t in the stars on Sunday as the squad never even grasped a temporary lead. They suffered a grim 38-6 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens. Cleveland was down 31-6 at the end of the third quarter, which was just too much to recover from. No one had a standout game offensively for Cleveland, but they got one touchdown from QB Baker Mayfield. Mayfield’s longest connection was to TE David Njoku for 28 yards in the second quarter.
Meanwhile, Cincinnati was first on the board but had to settle for second at the end of their matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. It was close but no cigar for the Bengals as they fell 16-13 to Los Angeles. Cincinnati had the chance to send it into overtime, but kicker Randy Bullock missed a late-game 31-yard field goal.
Both teams will surely be fighting tooth and nail to get back into the win column after losses this week. Giving up four turnovers, Cleveland had trouble holding onto the ball. We’ll see if Cincinnati can exploit that vulnerability.
The start time and the TV channel, though, are among the few aspects of Thursday night’s broadcast that will be familiar to viewers. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the NFL to implement seemingly endless health and safety protocols that will alter the viewing experience. In particular, the lack of fans in the stands at FirstEnergy Stadium on Thursday night will continue to be strange for the players.
All Thursday night games throughout the 2020 NFL season will start at 8:20 p.m. ET, though the TV viewing options (more on those below) will change in a few weeks.
This is the first of two primetime games on the Browns’ schedule, as Cleveland also will host Baltimore on a Monday night in Week 14.
Likewise, the Bengals also have a pair of primetime games on their schedule. In addition to Thursday night’s game in Cleveland, Cincinnati will host Pittsburgh on a Monday night in Week 15.
Cincinnati saw moments of what we all hope Joe Burrow can be in the NFL. He called an audible to a quarterback drawn that resulted in a touchdown run. He also had a veteran like control of the offense in the final two minute drill that setup the team with a chance to win at the end of the game. He also threw a very unfortunate pick in the fourth quarter right to a defensive lineman, and he still looks like he is getting on the same page with some of his receivers.