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Thursday, July 21, 2011
Browns favored over Bengals in Week 1

By James Walker
ESPN.com

The early lines are out for the Week 1 "Battle of Ohio" between the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals. And the odds makers project Browns rookie head coach Pat Shurmur will get off to a good start.

The Browns are three-point favorite at home against the Bengals. Both teams are rebuilding, have young quarterbacks and will debut new West Coast offenses.

But should the Browns be favored? Cleveland has a lot of holes to patch in free agency, a new offense, a new 4-3 defense and coaching staff. The Bengals return veteran coach Marvin Lewis, who will try to bounce back after a 4-12 campaign in 2010.

Using our SportsNation poll, vote on who you think will win the Week 1 showdown between Cleveland and Cincinnati. You can also share your thoughts in the comment section below.