Cincinnati Bengals to face Cleveland Browns in Monday Night Halloween Football Game | Sports & Leisure | Cincinnati

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A Cincinnati Bengals fan celebrates during a pre-season tailgate on Sept. 11, 2022.

The Cincinnati Bengals hope Halloween offers more treats than tricks on the turf on Monday.

The Bengals’ 2022-23 regular season continues to approach the halfway point as the team prepares to face interstate rival Cleveland Browns on the road on Oct. 31. Cincinnati (4-3) has won four of the last five games – including the last two in a row – after a shaky start to the season.

When the Bengals beat the Atlanta Falcons 35-17 in Cincinnati at Paycor Stadium on Oct. 23, quarterback Joe Burrow became the first NFL player to have five passing games for 400 or more yards in the past. first three years of his playing career. In that game, Burrow threw for 481 yards—the second most of his career—with three touchdowns, completed 32 of 42 passes, and had no interceptions.

Burrow had a lot of help. Bengals wide receivers Ja’Marr Chase and Tyler Boyd both posted more than 100 receiving yards for the game — only the third pair in 15 years to do so (Chase had 130 with two touchdowns; Boyd posted 155 with a). Tee Higgins almost made it a triad, coming just under the threshold at 93 yards. Additionally, Cincinnati’s defensive line held Atlanta to 214 yards, becoming the second team since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger to not allow a second-half touchdown in seven straight games.

In the Battle of Ohio, Cincinnati will face a beleaguered Browns (2-5) who have lost their last four straight games. Cleveland’s wins have come against other teams with losing records, and its defense has not been outstanding. But the Browns have recently taken the edge in the rivalry, winning the last four battles between the teams. Also, Chase is out for the Bengals, which could give Cleveland a slightly open door.

The Bengals/Browns match is part of Monday Night Football. Kick-off is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.

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