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Browns-Bengals Preview

Posted Nov 15, 2013

Go inside the Browns-Bengals matchup with a look at some key facts and figures for Sunday's game, including broadcast information, injury news, game notes, coaching history, weather information, a look inside the numbers, and a summary of the Game Day Entertaiment.

 


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GAME PREVIEW
NOVEMBER 17, 2013

 

TIME: 1 p.m. Sunday

PLACE: Paul Brown Stadium (Synthetic)
 
LOCAL RADIO: Play-by-play Dan Hoard and analyst Dave Lapham led by Triple Cast of WLW 700 AM, ESPN AM 1530 and WEBN FM 102.7 on the 25-station Bengals radio network.

TV: CBS broadcast team of play-by-play Marv Albert and analyst Rich Gannon on Cincinnati's Channel 12, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, Channel 27 in Lexington, Ky.
 
INJURIES
CIN: OUT: Starting RG Kevin Zeitler (foot) misses his first NFL game. DT Devon Still (elbow) misses his fourth straight week; DOUBTFUL: Nickel CB Chris Crocker (hamstring) missed practice all week; Starting MLB Rey Maualuga (knee) returned Friday for the first time since Oct. 27 and went limited. QUESTIONABLE: Starting SAM LB James Harrison (calf) surfaced suddenly on Friday's injury report after not practicing; PROBABLE: Starting WILL LB Vontaze Burfict (knee) went full Friday after being limited Thursday and missing Wednesday. Same with DT Brandon Thompson (ankle); LB Michael Boley (hamstring) went full Friday after being limited Wednesday and Thursday; TE Jermaine Gresham (groin) went full all week after missing Sunday's game; CB Terence Newman (knee) and C Kyle Cook (shoulder) went limited last two days.
 
CLE: OUT: Backup TE MarQueis Gray (hamstring); QUESTIONABLE: Backup G Jason Pinkston after being limited Friday. PROBABLE: QB Jason Campbell (ribs) went full all week. Everybody else on injury report went full Friday and is probable.

THE SERIES
Bengals lead, 42-38; 26-14 at home; 10-4 at PBS.

NOTEWORTHY
» The Bengals gun for 5-0 at home for the first time since the 1988 AFC championship season. Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton was a backup cornerback on that team.

» The 4-5 Browns can tie the 6-4 Bengals in the loss column. The last time the two clubs played this late in the season with anything on the line was Dec. 3, 1989 in Cleveland when Boomer Esiason threw two TD passes to lead the 7-6 Bengals to a 21-0 victory over the 7-5-1 Browns. But both still trailed 8-5 Houston.

» Bengals SAM backer James Harrison, a product of Akron, Ohio, has had some big days against the hometown team. The first of his 66 career sacks came in Cleveland in 2004 when he dumped Jeff Garcia. He has 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in his career against the Browns.

» The Browns won the first regular-season game ever at Paul Brown Stadium on Sept. 10, 2000 in a building named after the Browns and Bengals founder. Browns running back Travis Prentice, who shared Miami of Ohio as an alma mater with Paul Brown, scored the first PBS TD.

» Coaching for the Bengals that day was Horton, the Bengals secondary coach, and Browns secondary coach Louie Cioffi, then a Bengals staff assistant.

» Horton was a Bengals second-round pick out of Washington in 1983. Bengals nickel back Chris Crocker was a Browns third-round pick in 2003 out of Marshall.

» Browns defensive back Julian Posey, who is on the practice squad, played at Cincinnati's La Salle High School. Cincinnati's Harrison played at Akron's Coventry High School.

NFL RANKINGS
CIN: 17th in scoring, 8th in offense (18th rushing, 7th passing); 6th in scoring defense, 4th in defense (9th rushing, 7th passing), T-23rd in turnover margin at minus-4.

CLE: 26th in scoring, 25th in offense (26th rushing, 16th passing); 11th in scoring defense, 5th in defense (6th rushing, 10th passing), T-17th in turnover margin at minus-1.

COACHES
CIN: Marvin Lewis 85-84-1 regular season, 0-4 postseason in his 11th season; 14-7 vs. Browns.

CLE: Rob Chudzinski 4-5 in first season, 1-0 vs. Bengals and Lewis.

WEATHER
The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio is calling for temperatures of 66 degrees with 70 percent chance of showers and getting heavier during the game. Winds 16 miles per hour out of the west gusting at times to 20.  Chances of thunder and lightning remote.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
» 48-35-1 - Lewis's home record
» 13-9-1 - Lewis's record at home in November
» 4-0 - Lewis's record against Browns in November
» 14 - Victories for Lewis against Browns
» 15 - Combined victories against Browns for Sam Wyche (10) and Paul Brown (5)
» 383 - NFL-leading passes thrown by Bengals QB Andy Dalton
» 388 - Total passes thrown by Bengals QB Boomer Esiason in 1988 NFL MVP season
» 466 - Total passes thrown by Bengals QB Carson Palmer in 2009 AFC North championship season
» 31 - Sacks by Browns this season, ninth in NFL per pass
» 30 - Sacks by Bengals this season, 16th in NFL per pass
» 26 - Sacks allowed by Bengals this season, 10th in NFL per pass
» 14 - Career interceptions in six Bengals seasons for Browns defensive coordinator Ray Horton
» 10 - Career interceptions in four seasons for Browns CB Joe Haden
» 5 - Club-record straight 100-yard receiving games for Bengals WR A.J. Green
» 4 - 100-yard receiving games by Browns wide receivers this season
» 3 - Starting QBs Browns had in first eight games this season
» 3 - Starting QBs Bengals have in last 75 regular-season games
» 5.5 - Career sacks for Bengals SAM LB James Harrison vs. Cleveland
» 4.0 - Career sacks for Browns OLB Barkevious Mingo, second among NFL rookies
» 363 - Total yards rushing for Cleveland's top two rushers
» 419 - Yards rushing for Bengals RB Giovani Bernard, first among AFC rookies, third among NFL rookies
» 10 - NFL-leading fourth-down conversions for Browns
» 19 - NFL-leading fourth-down attempts for Browns
» 7 - Fourth-down conversions this season for Bengals, second most in NFL
» 13 - Fourth-down attempts for Bengals, tied for third most in NFL

GAME DAY ENTERTAINMENT
» JungleZone: Band – The Gamut
» Anthem: Dana Hill (Ben-Gal)
» Honor Guard: Ohio National Guard
» Halftime: Operation HomeFront Presentation plus Around the League in 180 Seconds.
» Flyover: Tri-State Warbird Museum

MEIJER CANNED FOOD DRIVE
The Bengals and the Freestore Foodbank are teaming up once again for the Annual Meijer Canned Food Drive. Canned foods and monetary donations will be accepted at each entrance to Paul Brown Stadium by Freestore Foodbank volunteers.

SALUTE TO SERVICE
The team will recognize service men and women during halftime activities, with a special presentation. The Ohio National Guard will present the colors prior to the game. A flyover will take place thanks to the Tri-State Warbird Museum and Cincinnati WarBirds. Pre-taped messages from service men and women will be shown on the video boards throughout the game.

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