Schedule Analysis, Week 4: Cincinnati Bengals At Cleveland Browns

Matt Sullivan

We continue our in depth schedule analysis with the Bengals' Week 4 game in Cleveland against the Browns.

Week 4: Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns

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Date/Time: Sept. 29; 1 p.m. ET

Location: Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland Ohio

Bengals 2012 record: 10-6 (0-1 playoffs)

Browns 2012 record: 5-11

Offensive Rankings:

Passing:

Bengals: 17th
Browns: 19th

Rushing:

Bengals: 18th
Browns: 24th

Overall:

Bengals: 22nd
Browns: 25th

Defensive Rankings:

Passing:

Bengals: 7th
Browns: 25th

Rushing:

Bengals: 12th
Browns: 19th

Overall:

Bengals: 6th
Browns: 23rd

Head-To-Head Record:

42-37 Bengals (16-23 in Cleveland)

Offseason Additions:

Bengals: LB James Harrison, LB Aaron Maybin, TE Alex Smith, G Mike Pollak
Browns: QB Jason Campbell, LB Paul Kruger, K Shayne Graham

Key Draft Picks:

Bengals: TE Tyler Eifert, RB Giovani Bernard, DE Margus Hunt, SS Shawn Williams
Browns: OLB Barkevious Mingo, CB Leon McFadden

Overview:

The Battle of Ohio is always an intense game. Even when both the Bengals and Brown struggled, the games between the two were often nail biters. The Browns haven't been able to enjoy the Bengals' success over the last few years, but don't let that fool you into thinking this will be an easy game, especially since it's in Cleveland.

The Browns have made some major improvements and their 5-11 record isn't exactly a good measurement of their team. Their defense is much better than their 25th overall ranking and if quarterback Brandon Weeden improves, the offense, with Trent Richardson in the backfield, could improve by leaps and bounds as well. Having said that, though, the Bengals, if on their game, should be able to beat the Browns. The Browns may have improved, but they're still be hind the Bengals in every aspect of the game.

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