The Cincinnati Bengals will look to sweep the Battle of Ohio when they take on the Cleveland Browns this Sunday.
The two teams met in Week 9 on Thursday Night Football, a game in which Cincinnati dominated en route to a 31-10 win. That game saw Johnny Manziel getting the start at quarterback in relief of the injured Josh McCown.
A similar scenario will be in play this time around with McCown injured again, though he's now out for the entire season due to a broken collarbone. Instead of Manziel, it will be Austin Davis getting the start. Davis came in to relieve McCown during this past Monday's loss to the Ravens, a game in which Davis led Cleveland to a game-tying touchdown drive with 1:47 left.
However, it was all for not as Baltimore blocked a Cleveland field goal as time expired and returned it 64 yards for the game-winning touchdown. That loss clinched a losing season for the Browns as they now sit at 2-9 in the midst of another lost season.
Though the Browns are in facing their eighth-straight losing season, they've usually managed to avoid getting swept by their Ohio rivals. Cincinnati has swept the series just twice since 2007 and haven't done so since Andy Dalton's rookie season in 2011.
Speaking of Dalton, he torched the Browns in their first matchup to the tune of 234 passing yards and three touchdowns (all to Tyler Eifert) with a 139.8 passer rating. It was his best game ever against the Browns, a team that's given him trouble in recent years. Dalton has gone just 3-3 vs the Browns from 2012-14, but this is easily the best season Dalton has ever had.
He's also sitting just 29 yards passing shy of joining Peyton Manning as the only players in NFL history to pass for 3,000 yards or more in each of his first five seasons. Dalton is also looking to join Baltimore's Joe Flacco as the only starting quarterbacks in the Super Bowl era to lead his team to the postseason in each of his first five seasons.
With his Bengals currently sitting at 9-2, it looks like Dalton has that accomplishment in the bag, but the Bengals aren't just focused on getting to the postseason. They want a first-round bye, something they've never had under head coach Marvin Lewis and haven't experienced since the 1988 playoffs, which happened to be Cincinnati's last Super Bowl appearance. In order to get that, this week's game vs the Browns is a must-win.
Here is everything you need to know to watch and follow the Bengals vs Browns in Round 2 of the Battle of Ohio.
Game Time: 1 p.m. ET on Dec. 6th
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium
Series Leader: Bengals, 45-39
TV Schedule: FOX (1:00 p.m. EST): Justin Kutcher, Matt Millen, Peter Schrager (field reporter)
Radio Broadcast: Coverage on the Bengals Radio Network, led by a "triple cast" on Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst). SIRIUS: 119 (Cin), 83 (Cle). XM: 226 (Cle)
Weather: 45 degrees and partly cloudy with less than a 10-percent chance of rain during the game, per Weather Underground.
Odds: The Bengals are a 10.5-point favorite with an over/under of 43.5, according to Odds Shark.
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