Browns-Bengals Preview Capsule
CLEVELAND (3-6-1) at CINCINNATI (5-5)
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS
OPENING LINE — Bengals by 3½
RECORD VS. SPREAD — Cleveland 6-4, Cincinnati 5-5
SERIES RECORD — Bengals lead 50-39
LAST MEETING — Bengals beat Browns 30-16, Nov. 26, 2017
LAST WEEK — Browns had bye, beat Falcons 28-16 on Nov. 11; Bengals lost to Ravens 24-21
AP PRO32 RANKING — Browns No. 24, Bengals No. 19
BROWNS OFFENSE — OVERALL (18), RUSH (5), PASS (24).
BROWNS DEFENSE — OVERALL (31), RUSH (28), PASS (30).
BENGALS OFFENSE — OVERALL (26), RUSH (28), PASS (20).
BENGALS DEFENSE — OVERALL (32), RUSH (31), PASS (31).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Bengals have won seven straight vs. Browns, matching longest win streak by either team in intrastate series. ... Browns have lost 25 straight road games, one shy of NFL mark held by Detroit Lions (2007-10). ... Cleveland last won on road at Baltimore on Oct. 11, 2015, when QB Josh McCown led 33-30 overtime victory. ... Browns play four of last six on road. ... Browns are healthiest they've been this season. ... First matchup with rival Bengals also reunion with former Browns coach Hue Jackson, fired last month after going 3-36-1 in two-plus seasons. Jackson returned to Bengals staff as special assistant to coach Marvin Lewis. ... Browns haven't won consecutive games since 2014, when they reeled off three straight. ... Browns had bye coming off best all-around game this season, 28-16 win over Atlanta. Rookie QB Baker Mayfield completed first 13 passes and finished 17 of 20 for 216 yards and three TDs. ... Mayfield leads rookie QBs in every major statistical category. ... Browns rookie RB Nick Chubb had 176 yards vs. Falcons, including team record 92-yard TD run. ... Against Atlanta, Browns didn't allow sack for first time in 42 games. ... Browns have 1,332 yards rushing, team's most through 11 games since 1985, when Kevin Mack and Earnest Byner both cracked 1,000. ... Browns' defense continues to lead league with 25 takeaways, 12 more than all last season. ... Bengals are 7-1 vs. Browns rookie QBs during Lewis' tenure, with only loss 34-24 at Cleveland in 2012 behind Brandon Weeden. ... Lewis is 18-14 against rookie QBs, including loss last week against Ravens rookie Lamar Jackson. ... Andy Dalton 11-3 career vs. Browns with 26 TDs, 11 INTs and passer rating of 96.4. ... Bengals have allowed 481, 551, 576, 509 and 403 yards in last five games, losing four times. ... Fantasy tip: Chubb is going against defense that has allowed 244 and 265 yards rushing in last two games. Bengals have given up 200 yards rushing three times this season.
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