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NFL Week 12 Primer: Cincinnati Bengals (5-5) vs. Cleveland Browns (3-6-1)

Everything to know about the 90th Battle of Ohio.

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CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 26: Joe Mixon #28 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs the ball in the first half of a game against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on November 26, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals won 30-16. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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As the month of November winds down, the Bengals have yet to win a football game since before Halloween. Their next chance to do so is against the Cleveland Browns, who are coming off of their bye week and are 1-1 since firing their former head coach and current Bengals assistant coach Hue Jackson.

Both the offense and defense for Cincinnati are in red alert as they surrendered another 403 yards against the Ravens, including over 250 yards rushing, while failing to accumulate over 300 yards themselves for the fourth time in five weeks.

In the past, a game against the Browns wouldn’t cause too much worry for the Bengals, but these Browns, lead by quarterback Baker Mayfield, may just be the best squad the Bengals have faced in this rivalry in a while.

Everything you need to know for when the Bengals host the Browns:

Game: Cincinnati Bengals (5-5) vs Cleveland Browns (3-6-1)

Date/Time: Nov. 25th, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. EST

Location: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH

Streaming: Fubo TV

Series Leader: Bengals lead the all-time series 50-39

Streak: Bengals have won the past seven games

Coaches vs. Opponent: Marvin Lewis: (22-8) vs. Gregg Williams (2-0)

Television: The game will air on CBS-TV. In the Bengals’ home region, it will be carried by WKRC-TV (Ch. 12) in Cincinnati, WHIO-TV (Ch. 7) in Dayton and on WKYT-TV (Ch. 27) in Lexington. Broadcasters are Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Rich Gannon (analyst) and Steve Tasker (sideline reporter).

Radio: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by 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).

SB Nation Browns site: Dawgs By Nature

Weather: Low 50’s, Partly Cloudy [NFL weather]

Odds: Bengals open as, -3 [Odds Shark]

Bengals notes

  • Andy Dalton passed for 211 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and rushed for 29 yards last week. He passed for 214 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions for 111.3 passer rating in his last meeting with the Browns. In his past six games against Cleveland, has 1,442 pass yards (240.3 per game) with 15 touchdowns and no interceptions for 131.8 passer rating. Dalton aims for his seventh meeting in row with at least a 110 passer rating.
  • Joe Mixon had a rushing touchdown last week. He has three rushing touchdowns in his past three games. He rushed for 114 yards with a touchdown and had 51 receiving yards in his last game against the Brown. Giovani Bernard has at least 75 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in two of his past three meetings.
  • A.J. Green (who has a “good chance” to play this week) has five touchdown catches in his past four games against AFC North opponents. He has 426 receiving yards (106.5 per game) and three receiving touchdowns in his past four games against the Browns. Tyler Boyd had a touchdown catch in his last meeting. He has four touchdown catches in his past four games against the division. John Ross had a touchdown catch last week. He aims for his third game in a row with a receiving touchdown. Matt Lengel also had a touchdown catch last week.
  • Geno Atkins had a sack and four quarterback hits in his last meeting with Cleveland. He has three sacks in his past three meetings. He has four sacks and four tackles for a loss in his past five at home. Dre Kirkpatrick had nine tackles and two passes defended in his last meeting with the Browns. Carlos Dunlap has three sacks in his past four and six sacks in his past eight games. He has five passes defended and two sacks in his past five against the AFC North. Rookie defensive end Sam Hubbard has a sack in two of his past three games.
  • Rookie safety Jessie Bates has at least 10 tackles in three of his past five games. Shawn Williams had 11 tackles and an interception in Week 11. He has at least 10 tackles and an interception in three of his past four games. Hardy Nickerson had a career-high 11 tackles last week.

Browns notes

  • Baker Mayfield (rookie) completed 17 of 20 (85 percent) for 216 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 151.3 passer rating in Week 10. He is the only rookie quarterback in NFL history to finish a game with at least a 150 passer rating on over 20 pass attempts. He aims for his fifth in a row with at least two touchdown passes. He has 176 completions, 1,984 passing yards and 13 touchdown passes, all most among rookie quarterbacks.
  • Nick Chubb (rookie) set career-highs with 176 rushing yards and 209 scrimmage yards in Week 10. He had two touchdowns (one rushing and one receiving) in Week 10, including a 92-yard touchdown run, the longest rushing touchdown in Browns history and second-longest by rookie in NFL history (Bobby Gage, 97 yards in 1949). He aims for his third in row with a rushing touchdown and has a touchdown in three of his past four games. Chubb is tied for second among NFL rookies with five rushing touchdowns. He ranks third in the NFL averaging 6.2 yards per carry (min. 50 attempts). Duke Johnson Jr. had a touchdown catch in Week 10. He has 13 catches for 109 yards and three touchdowns in his past two games.
  • Jarvis Landry had seven catches for 61 yards in only career meeting against the Bengals (9/29/16 with Mia.). He aims for his ninth in row against the AFC North with at least five catches. Rashard Higgins had a touchdown catch in Week 10. He has receiving touchdown in two of his past three.
  • Joe Schobert had 13 tackles and two tackles for a loss in his last meeting. He aims for his third in a row against the Bengals with at least 10 tackles. Myles Garrett had a sack in his last game against Cincinnati. He has 5.5 sacks in six career games against the AFC North division. Jamie Collins Sr. had nine tackles, a tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery in Week 10. He is one of three players in the AFC (Darius Leonard and Tahir Whitehead) with at least 70 tackles (71) and seven tackles for a loss.