‘It’s going to be an exciting game;’ Local businesses ready for Sunday’s ‘Battle of Ohio’

DAYTON — The Battle of Ohio is taking place Sunday between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati and just like fans, local businesses are getting ready for the game.

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News Center 7′s Kayla McDermott says the Troll Pub at the Oregon District will have several TVs that will have the game on and are expecting quite the crowd.

Anthony Laub has been a server for two years at the pub and says the bar is always popular for sports but when it comes to football, people truly show up.

“Sundays, we have a big turnout,” he said. “That’s the majority of the crowd.”

With heavy anticipation for this game, he is expecting to be on his feet all afternoon Sunday.

“It’s going to be a big game,” Laub told McDermott. “A lot of screaming, a lot of yelling, but like happy screams.”

There is a lot at stake for both teams Sunday. The Bengals have won four straight games including last Sunday’s, 27-24, win over Kansas City and enter Sunday’s game with a lot of confidence.

“They’re hot right now. They got (Ja’Marr) Chase,” said Laub. “You got Tee Higgins, all of them.”

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But Burrow has never beaten the Browns, 0-4 in his career. Also, Cleveland got back quarterback Deshaun Watson back from suspension and still have hopes of making the playoffs.

“(Watson) he didn’t look good last week, but he hasn’t played in 700 days,” Laub told McDermott. “It’s going to be an exciting game.”

News Center 7 spoke three fans about who they think will win. Two said it will be close game but the Bengals will win. The other thinks the Browns will win, “by a landslide.”

“If it’s not a blowout in the first quarter,” said Laub. “I want to say 24-21, Joe Burrow.”

Either way, the pub is expecting fans from both teams to turn up.

“We’ll have Bengals on one side and you’ll have all the Browns on the other,” Laub told McDermott. “They’ll just yell back and forth. I feel it’ll be high in here.”

Kickoff between the Browns and Bengals is at 1 p.m.

Staff members at the Troll Pub tell news Center 7 if you visit them Sunday, pay for parking. The lot next to the restaurant is not owned by them and you risk getting a ticket if you don’t pay.

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