NFL preseason: Bengals and Browns back in action this weekend


The second week of the NFL’s preseason began Thursday night with the Packers, Redskins and Patriots getting wins. 

It continues tonight with the Cleveland Browns in action against the Buffalo Bills, a game that will be carried on WHIO-TV Chanel 7. 

Both teams have interesting quarterback situations. 

The Browns seem intent on starting the season with Tyrod Taylor at the helm while No. 1 overall draft pick Baker Mayfield learns the ropes. 

The Bills — who traded Taylor to the Browns last spring — have three quarterbacks vying for playing time, including former Bengals backup A.J. McCarron. 

The team’s website reports McCarron took the majority of first-team practice reps this week while Nathan Peterman (who started Buffalo’s first preseason game) worked with the third team. First-round pick Josh Allen worked with the 2s. 

The Bengals return to action Saturday night at 7 against the Dallas Cowboys, a game that will air nationally on the NFL Network. 

Cincinnati has lots of work to do in order to become a playoff team again, but a win over the Bears in week one of the preseason showed there is a lot of potential on Marvin Lewis’ team. 

The starters figure to get more run in the new-look offense, allowing Andy Dalton to continue to build a rapport with a plethora of young skill players. 

>>RELATED: 5 things to watch in the Bengals’ preseason game

Meanwhile, there could be lots of mixing and matching on the offensive line and throughout the defense. 

Under new coach Frank Pollack (formerly of the Cowboys), the line is trying to bounce back from a 2017 campaign in which it was one of the worst units in the league. 

»RELATED: Nothing settled on O-line after first preseason game

Defensively, several young players are looking for opportunities for a unit that has a new coordinator in Teryl Austin. 


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