PRIMER: Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) at Cleveland Browns (1-2)


All you can eat buffet between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns.

Game: Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) at Cleveland Browns (1-2)
Time: 1:00 p.m. (ET)
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium
Series Leader: Bengals, 42-37
Streak: Bengals have won seven of the past nine.
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 14-6. Chudzinski: 0-0
Broadcast: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Marv Albert, Rich Gannon. SIRIUS: 135 (Cin.), 158 (Cle.). XM: 227 (Cle.).
SB Nation: Dawgs by Nature Game Center
Weather: 13 percent chance of rain, 70 degrees [Weather Underground]
Uniform: Black


  • Last week, the Cincinnati Bengals became the third team in NFL history to win a game after allowing 30 unanswered points.
  • Quarterback Andy Dalton is 3-1 against the Browns with 1,050 yards passing, eight touchdowns, four interceptions and a passer rating of 104.
  • Dalton is looking to record his third straight game with at least 300 yards passing and three touchdowns against the Cleveland Browns.
  • The Bengals 10-1 (.909) when Dalton has a passer rating of 100-plus.
  • Dalton is 21-14 (.618) as a starter, the highest winning percent by a Bengals quarterback with a minimum 20 starts all-time.
  • Running back Giovani Bernard aims to record a rushing touchdown in his third straight game.
  • Wide receiver A.J. Green has four touchdown receptions and two 100-yard performances in four career games against the Browns.
  • Tight end Jermaine Gresham has a touchdown in three of the past four games in his career against Cleveland.
  • Linebacker Vontaze Burfict leads the team with 28 tackles.
  • Since 2012, defensive tackle Geno Atkins leads all NFL defensive tackles with 13.5 quarterback sacks.
  • Cornerback Terence Newman posted an interception and fumble return for a touchdown last week.
  • Leon Hall has five career interceptions against the Browns, the most against any team.
  • Adam Jones returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown last year against Cleveland.


  • In his first career win as a starter, quarterback Brian Hoyer passed for 321 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.
  • In two career starts against the Bengals, Brandon Weeden has passed for 553 yards, four touchdowns and one interceptions for a career passer rating 105.2.
  • Running back Willis McGahee ranks fourth among all active running backs with 8,106 yards rushing, and third with 63 career rushing touchdowns.
  • Wide receiver Josh Gordon, who produced a career high in catches (10) and yards receiving (146) last week, posted three catches for 99 yards receiving, including a 71-yard touchdown grab the last time he played the Bengals.
  • Wide receiver Greg Little has two touchdown receptions in his past three games against the Bengals.
  • Tight end Jordan Cameron tied the Browns single-game record with three touchdown receptions last week. His 20 receptions this year is the most by a Browns tight end in the first three games of a season.
  • Offensive tackle Joe Thomas has started 99 consecutive games since entering the NFL in 2007.
  • Rookie Barkevious Mingo aims to record a sack in his third straight game.
  • Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson has a career-best three sacks against the Bengals in their first meeting last season.
  • Defensive end Desmond Bryant (3.5) needs two sacks to surpass a career-best five from 2011 (with Oakland).


Offense Bengals Browns
Total 348.0 (16th) 319.7 (25th)
Scoring 25 (10th) 15.7 (28th)
Third Downs 46% (6th) 25% (32nd)
Rushing 90.7 (21st) 71.7 (27th)
Rushing TDs 4 (t-3rd) 0 (t-29th)
20-Yard Runs 0 (t-29th) 3 (t-6th)
Passing 257.3 (11th) 248.0 (15th)
Passing TDs 5 (t-13th) 5 (t-13th)
Sacks Allowed 5 (t-4th) 14 (t-30th)
20-yard Passes 11 (t-11th) 10 (t-14th)
Defense Bengals Browns
Total 333.3 (11th) 300.0 (6th)
Scoring 21.3 (t-12th) 21.3 (t-12th)
3rd Downs Allowed 33% (t-8th) 49% (30th)
Rushing 102.3 (14th) 84.3 (7th)
Rushing TDs 2 (t-15th) 5 (31st)
Passing 231.0 (14th) 215.7 (12th)
Passing TDs 4 (t-11th) 2 (t-2nd)
Sacks 6 (t-24th) 12 (t-3rd)
QB Rating 75.7 (9th) 79.2 (12th)
Interceptions 4 (t-7th) 2 (t-18th)
Fumble Recoveries 3 (t-3rd) 3 (t-3rd)
Forced Fumbles 2 (t-19th) 3 (t-4th)
Special Teams Bengals Browns
Kickoff Return 25.6 (10th) 24.7 (11th)
Punt Return 6.7 (17th) 7.8 (t-10th)
Punting (Net) 42.3 (10th) 39.1 (24th)
Punts Inside the 20 4 (t-22nd) 5 (t-14th)
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