Numbers Tell the Story: The A.F.C. North Is the N.F.L.'s Best Division - NYTimes.com
At the midway mark of the season, the A.F.C. North is the best division in football. By the end of the year, it may be viewed as one of the strongest divisions in N.F.L. history.
NFL odds: Lines, spreads, predictions for Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football - NFL - SI.com
The Cleveland Browns find themselves in unfamiliar territory, sitting in the thick of AFC North contention ahead of a prime-time matchups against the division-leading Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football. The Browns will have one giant obstacle to overcome: They have lost 17 straight road games against divisional opponents. They are consensus six-point underdogs on the road against the Bengals, who have not lost at home to Cleveland since 2008.
Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals: 5 things to watch | cleveland.com
The NFL Network crew couldn't have invented better story lines for this nationally-televised Thursday night battle between the Brown and Bengals in Cincinnati. For starters, first place in AFC North is at stake. If the 5-3 Browns win, they'll be tied for first with the resurgent Steelers, who visit the 1-8 Jets on Sunday.
A fun Battle of Ohio this time - seattlepi.com
Too often, the so-called Battle of Ohio has been about as tasty as week-old Skyline Chili. Not this week. When the Browns travel to Cincinnati on Thursday night, there's plenty at stake. Cleveland is 5-3, barely behind the first-place Bengals (5-2-1) and second-place Pittsburgh (6-3) in what has shaped up as an intriguing division. They've won four of their past five.
Thursday Night Football Breakdown: Cleveland Browns At Cincinnati Bengals « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
First place is on the line in the air tight AFC North as the Browns visit the Bengals on Thursday night. Considering the Browns are involved, that’s hard to believe—remember, Cleveland hasn’t posted more than five wins since 2007. But under first-year head coach Mike Pettine, the Browns are 5-3. They will try to snap a 17-game road losing streak within the division. That’s right, the last time Cleveland won a divisional road game was 2008. The Bengals (5-2-1) have not lost a regular season home game since Week 14 in 2012. It’s a battle for Ohio, and for the first time in recent memory, it’s meaningful.
No Giovani Bernard tonight for Bengals, so it’s Jeremy Hill time | ProFootballTalk
When the Bengals face the Browns tonight, they'll do it without one of their offensive mainstays. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis told Ross Tucker of SiriusXM NFL Radio that running back Giovani Bernard would not play tonight because of a hip injury.