4 major X-Factors to watch in the Browns vs. Bengals matchup in Week 2

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Thursday Night Football will feature the “Battle of Ohio” between the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals, both of whom will be seeking to avoid a last-place ranking in the AFC North standings.

Both teams lost in Week 1 but did so in very different manners. The Browns found themselves getting completely demolished by the Ravens in what ended up being a 38-6 loss. It was an embarrassing outing for Cleveland, to say the least.

Meanwhile, the Bengals missed a field goal attempt to end the game that could have forced overtime. It was Joe Burrow’s first-ever NFL appearance and while he didn’t dominate as he did at LSU, he showed intriguing signs of potential.

Falling to an 0-2 start to a season isn’t impossible to come back from, but certainly makes things difficult to earn a playoff spot. It does help that each conference will have an extra Wild Card spot, but regardless, the AFC North will be difficult to compete with in such a circumstance.

With that being said, let’s take a look at four X-Factors to watch for the Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals matchup in Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season.

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