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CINCINNATI OH - DECEMBER 19: Bernard Scott #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 19 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI OH - DECEMBER 19: Bernard Scott #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals carries the ball against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 19 2010 in Cincinnati Ohio. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Game: Cincinnati Bengals (0-0) at Cleveland Browns (0-0)
Series Leader: Bengals, 39-36
Streak: Bengals have won four out of the last five
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 11-5. Shurmur: 0-0
Broadcast: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots.  SIRIUS: 106 (Cin.), 113 (Cle.).  XM: 233 (Cle.). 
SB Nation: Dawgs by Nature 
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Weather: Partly cloudy with a temperature of 70 degrees at kickoff. [WeatherUnderground.com
Uniform: White

CINCINNATI BENGALS

  • The Bengals have won two of the past three against the Browns in Cleveland.
  • Marvin Lewis is the entering his ninth season as the longest tenured head coach in franchise history.
  • Running back Cedric Benson is averaging 92.2 yards per game against the Browns (461 yards, 5 games).
  • Running back Bernard Scott is averaging 5.1 yards/rush against the Browns for his career (34 attempts, 175 yards).
  • Wide receiver Andre Caldwell posted 89 yards receiving in his last game against the Browns.
  • Tight end Jermaine Gresham and wide receiver Jordan Shipley tied for third in rookie receptions in the NFL last season.
  • Cornerback Nate Clements, making his Bengals debut, has 33 career interceptions.
  • Defensive end Carlos Dunlap tied a career-best two quarterback sacks in his last game against the Cleveland Browns.
  • Cornerback Leon Hall has five career interceptions against the Browns; most against any team.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

  • Head coach Pat Shurmur will make his NFL debut as a head coach.
  • In his only meeting against the Cincinnati Bengals, quarterback Colt McCoy completed 19 of 25 passes for 243 yards passing and two touchdowns (a career-best 132.6 passer rating).
  • Running back Peyton Hillis posted a career-best 11 rushing touchdowns in 2010, joining Hall of Famers Jim Brown and LeRoy Kelly as the only Browns players to rush for 11 touchdowns a season.
  • Tight end Benjamin Watson has a career-high 763 yards receiving in 2010, joining Hall of Famers Kellen Winslow, Ozzie Newsome and Milt Morin as the only Browns tight ends with 700 yards receiving or more in a second.
  • Watson posted 13 receptions for 152 yards in his previous two games against the Bengals.
  • Wide receiver Brian Robiskie had a career-best 82 yards receiving during previous game against the Bengals.
  • Tackle Joe Thomas will make his 65th consecutive start dating back to 2007.
  • Cornerback Joe Haden posted six interceptions last season; most by a rookie since 2001 (Anthony Henry).

TEAM RANKINGS (2010)

Offense Bengals Browns
Total 330.6 (20th) 289.7 (29th)
Scoring 20.1 (22nd) 16.9 (31st)
Third Downs 39% (17th) 37% (19th)
Rushing 95.1 (27th) 102.9 (20th)
Rushing TDs 9 (t-29th) 13 (t-12th)
20-Yard Runs 3 (t-last) 7 (t-25th)
Passing 235.4 (13th) 186.8 (29th)
Passing TDs 26 (t-11th) 13 (30th)
Sacks Allowed 28 (t-8th) 36 (t-17th)
20-yard Passes 45 (t-16th) 42 (t-24th)
     
Defense Bengals Browns
Total 332.0 (15th) 350.1 (22nd)
Scoring 24.7 (24th) 20.8 (13th)
3rd Downs Allowed 38% (14th) 43% (28th)
Rushing 115.2 (19th) 129.4 (27th)
Rushing TDs 15 (t-24th) 7 (t-4th)
20-Yard Runs 17 (t-29th) 10 (t-10th)
Passing 216.8 (t-14th) 220.7 (18th)
Passing TDs 21 (t-7th) 26 (t-24th)
Sacks 27 (t-27th) 29 (t-25th)
QB Rating 85.2 (19th) 84.8 (17th)
20-Yard Passes Allowed 47 (16th) 49 (19th)
Interceptions 16 (t-14th) 19 (t-8th)
     
Special Teams Bengals Browns
Kickoff Return 21.8 (t-20th) 17.0 (32nd)
Punt Return 7.2 (25th) 10.7 (11th)
Punting (Net) 38.2 (t-12th) 39.0 (9th)
Punts Inside the 20 29 (t-8th) 28 (t-11)

CAREER AGAINST THE BROWNS

Cedric Benson

Date Rushes Yards TDs
12.19.2010 31 150 1
10.3.2010 15 60 0
10.4.2009 18 74 0
12.21.2008 38 171 0
10.9.2005 5 6 0

Jordan Shipley

Date Rec Yards TDs
12.19.2010 2 14 0
10.3.2010 2 29 0

Jermaine Gresham

Date Rec Yards TDs
12.19.2010 1 6 0
10.3.2010 5 35 0

Jerome Simpson

Date Rec Yards TDs
12.19.2010 2 30 0

A.J. Green

Date Rec Yards TDs
N/A      

Andy Dalton

Date Cmp Att Yrds TD INT Rating
N/A