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Bengals announce Thursday Night Football game against Browns sold-out

Round 1 of the Battle Ohio kicks off next Thursday in primetime in front of a sold-out crowd at Paul Brown Stadium.

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The Cincinnati Bengals will be playing in front of a sold-out crowd when the Cleveland Browns come to Paul Brown Stadium next Thursday.

The team announced their Thursday Night Football clash with their in-state rivals has been sold out. Though, for those watching at home, it doesn't matter this year in terms of broadcasting and potential blackouts. The NFL changed its policy this year that even if games weren't sold out or reached the 85-percent threshold, no game would be blacked out this season.

It's still great to see the Bengals are getting the fan support they deserve. Sitting at 6-0 and holding a three-game lead in the AFC North, Cincinnati looks well on its way to a fifth-straight postseason berth. This year's group also looks like it will be the best of any of those teams to make it to the playoffs with the current club on the verge of the best start in franchise history.

After the Bengals' Week 6 win over the Buffalo Bills, the franchise's best mark of 6-0 to start a season was matched. Now, Cincinnati will need to win this Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers to get to 7-0 to set a new record for the best start in franchise history. As for the Browns, they're sitting at 2-5 and host the 5-2 Arizona Cardinals this Sunday before making the short trip down to Cincinnati for their Thursday night clash.

The Bengals also announced that  single-game tickets on all three levels of Paul Brown Stadium can still be purchased for three upcoming games -- November 16 vs the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football, November 29 vs the St. Louis Rams and January 3 vs the Baltimore Ravens. For the December 13 matchup with the Steelers, limited seats remain through the purchase of a two-game Ticket Pack (paired with the Texans game) are available.