Despite ending their five-game losing streak last week, the Bengals were eliminated from playoff contention on the same afternoon. This comes a week after they secured their third straight season without a winning record.
With just two games left on their schedule, Bengals are left playing for pride, while also trying to spoil the seasons belonging to a couple division rivals.
The first team up on the revenge tour is the Cleveland Browns, who at 6-7-1, have a very minimal chance at making the playoffs that involves needing the Colts and Titans to tie in Week 17. Last year, the Bengals knocked the Ravens out of the playoffs in their final game of the regular season, and it could feel nice to say the Bengals eliminated an AFC North team from playoff contention two years in a row.
In order to make that happen, Cincinnati has to flip the script from the last time these teams met, which had Cleveland jumping out to a 28-7 first half lead and nearly holding onto that margin for the remainder of the game.
Here’s everything you need to know for when the Bengals take on the Browns:
Game: Cincinnati Bengals (6-8) at Cleveland Browns (6-7-1)
Date/Time: Dec. 23rd, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. EST
Location: First Energy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
Series Leader: Bengals lead the all-time series 50-40
Streak: Bengals have won seven of the past eight
Coaches vs. Opponent: Marvin Lewis: (22-9) vs. Gregg Williams (3-0)
Television: The game will air on CBS. 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 Spero Dedes (play-by-play) and Adam Archuleta (analyst).
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: Mid 30’s, Mostly Cloudy [NFL weather]
Odds: Bengals open as, +7 [Odds Shark]
- Jeff Driskel had a touchdown pass and a 96.2 passer rating in his only career road start. He had two touchdowns (one passing and one rushing) and a 84.7 passer rating in his Week 12 meeting with Cleveland. He aims for his fifth game in a row with touchdown pass
- Joe Mixon had 129 rush yards and two rushing touchdowns last week, his second-career game with at least two rushing touchdowns. He had 155 scrimmage yards (89 rushing and 66 receiving) and a career-high seven receptions in Week 12 meeting. He has a rushing touchdown in three of his past four games on the road. Mixon has 682 scrimmage yards (97.4 per game) and three rushing touchdowns in his past seven against the AFC North. Giovani Bernard has three rushing touchdowns in his past four games on the road.
- Tyler Boyd had a touchdown catch last week. He had seven receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown in Week 12 meeting. He has 29 catches for 400 yards (80 per game) and five touchdowns in his past five games against the AFC North. He has 1,028 receiving yards in 2018, his first-career 1,000 yard season. John Ross had a touchdown catch in the last meeting with the Browns. He has three receiving touchdowns in his past four games on the road. He aims for his third in a row against the division and third in a row on the road with a touchdown.
- Geno Atkins had a career-high three sacks and four tackles for a loss last week. He has three sacks in his past four games against the AFC North. He has 4.5 sacks and four tackles for a loss in his past five games at Cleveland. Carlos Dunlap has 3.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a pass defended in his past five games at Cleveland. Rookie Jessie Bates aims for his seventh game in a row on the road with at least seven tackles. Shawn Williams has at least ten tackles and an interception in two of his past three games on the road. Rookie Same Hubbard had two sacks and a forced fumble last week, his first-career multi-sack game. Darqueze Dennard had his first-career forced fumble and fumble recovery last week
- Baker Mayfield (rookie) completed 19 of 26 (73.1 percent) for 258 yards and four touchdowns without an interception for a 143.9 passer rating in the Week 12 meeting with the Bengals. He aims for his third in a row at home with at least a 125 passer rating. He is the fifth first-overall pick in the common draft era to pass for at least 3,000 yards (3,065) and 20 touchdowns (21) in his rookie season
- Nick Chubb (rookie) had 100 rush yards last week. He had 128 scrimmage yards (84 rushing and 44 receiving) and two touchdowns (one rushing and on receiving) in his only career meeting with Cincinnati. He is one of three rookies (Saquon Barkley and Phillip Lindsay) with at least 1,000 scrimmage yards (1,010) and 10 touchdowns (10) in 2018. He aims for his fourth in a row at home with at least 80 scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown. Duke Johnson is one of two running backs (James White) with over 200 catches (228) and 2,000 receiving yards (2,113) since 2015.
- Jarvis Landry is one of four wide receivers with at least 70 receptions (72) in each of the past five seasons. Rookie Antonio Callaway had a touchdown catch last week. He had a receiving touchdown the last time the Bengals met. He aims for his third in a row against the AFC North with a receiving touchdown. Breshad Perriman had a touchdown catch last week, his first touchdown as a Brown.
- Myles Garrett had a sack in the Week 12 meeting with Cincinnati. He aims for his third in a row against the Bengals with a sack. He has 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in his past five games against the AFC North. He has 6.5 sacks, six tackles for a loss, three passes defended and two forced fumbles in seven home games in 2018. Damarious Randall had an interception the last time these two teams met. Joe Schobert aims for his fourth in a row against the Bengals. with at least eight tackles. Jabrill Peppers had an interception and sack last week, his first-career sack.