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PRIMER: Cleveland Browns (5-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-2-1)

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

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Game: Cleveland Browns (5-3) at Cincinnati Bengals (5-2-1)
Time: 8:25 p.m. (ET)
Location: Paul Brown Stadium
Series Leader: Bengals, 43-38
Streak: Bengals have won five of the past seven
Coaches vs. Opponent: Lewis: 15-7. Pettine: 0-0. 
Broadcast: NFL Network (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Mike Mayock, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WW1), 93 (Cle.), 92 (Cin.). XM: 88 (WW1), 225 (Cle.), 226 (Cin.). 
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Weather: Chance of rain and 44 degrees [Weather Underground]
Uniform: (Unannounced as of this posting)
Odds: Six-point favorites [SB Nation]


  • The Cincinnati Bengals are 13-0-1 in their last 14 regular season games.
  • In those 14 home games, quarterback Andy Dalton has passed for 3,385 yards with 26 touchdowns, 13 interceptions and a passer rating of 95.4.
  • In his last meeting against the Cleveland Browns, Dalton threw for three touchdowns.
  • Dalton has a .634 winning percentage (35-20-1) as a starting quarterback for the Bengals -- most in franchise history with a minimum of 20 starts.
  • In four home starts this season, running back Giovani Bernard has 427 yards from scrimmage and five rushing touchdowns.
  • Last week, Jeremy Hill became the second rookie in franchise history (joining Corey Dillon) with at least 150 yards rushing (154) and two rushing touchdowns (2) in a game.
  • Wide receiver A.J. Green posted a touchdown reception last week.
  • Since entering the NFL in 2011, Green has generated 4,191 yards receiving -- third-most in the AFC.
  • In his past four games, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has 22 catches for 394 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
  • Since 2012, Geno Atkins is tied for the most quarterback sacks (20) among all defensive tackles in the NFL.
  • In his last meeting against the Browns, linebacker Vontaze Burfict (who isn't expected to play), posted a fumble return for a touchdown.
  • Defensive end Carlos Dunlap has four sacks in his past six games against the AFC North.
  • Safety Reggie Nelson leads the defense with 51 tackles.


  • In 11 starts with the Cleveland Browns, quarterback Brian Hoyer is 8-3 with 2,629 yards passing with 15 touchdowns, seven interceptions and a passer rating of 88.2.
  • In his only start against the Cincinnati Bengals, Hoyer completed 25 of 38 passes for 269 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 103.9.
  • The Browns are the only team in the NFL to have three players with 250 yards rushing or more -- Ben Tate (308), Terrance West (302) and Isaiah Crowell (256).
  • In his only game against the Bengals (Dec. 11, 2011 with Houston), Tate posted 97 yards from scrimmage (67 yards rushing, 30 yards receiving).
  • Crowell has four rushing touchdowns, tied for second-most among all rookies.
  • Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins played three seasons (2011-13) with the Bengals, and generated 86 receptions, 995 yards receiving and four touchdowns.
  • Linebacker Karlos Dansby leads the team with 61 tackles.
  • Since 2007, Dansby is the only NFL player with 20-plus sacks (24) and 12-plus interceptions (12).
  • Linebacker Paul Kruger has four sacks in his last two games and aims to record a sack in his third straight game.
  • Since 2013, safety Tashaun Gipson leads all NFL players with 11 interceptions.


Total 361.6 (12th) 352.2 (14th)
Scoring 24.2 (13th) 23.1 (16th)
Third Downs 38% (23rd) 32% (31st)
Rushing 121.4 (9th) 111.2 (15th)
Rushing TDs 12 (t-1st) 9 (t-5th)
20-Yard Runs 4 (t-18th) 5 (t-12th)
Passing 240.2 (15th) 241.0 (14th)
Passing TDs 9 (30th) 10 (29th)
Sacks Allowed 10 (3rd) 13 (t-6th)
20-yard Passes 24 (22nd) 33 (t-6th)
Total 394.9 (30th) 391.8 (t-28th)
Scoring 23.4 (17th) 21.1 (8th)
3rd Downs Allowed 37% (7th) 39% (12th)
Rushing 139.6 (t-30th) 139.6 (t-30th)
Rushing TDs 9 (t-28th) 7 (t-17th)
Passing 255.2 (21st) 252.1 (18th)
Passing TDs 10 (t-2nd) 12 (t-4th)
Sacks 13 (t-25th) 17 (t-19th)
QB Rating 75.4 (1st) 80.6 (6th)
Interceptions 10 (t-4th) 10 (t-4th)
Kickoff Return 26.6 (5th) 21.4 (t-25th)
Punt Return 13.1 (3rd) 2.6 (32nd)
Punting (Net) 44.1 (1st) 39.0 (t-17th)
Punts Inside the 20 16 (t-7th) 12 (t-20th)