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By The Numbers Game Preview: Week 14

Posted Dec 9, 2016

Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns game preview

TIME: 1 p.m. Sunday

PLACE:  FirstEnergy Stadium (grass)

LOCAL RADIO:  Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst) on the “triple-cast” Cincinnati flagship stations of WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530) and WEBN-FM (102.7) on the 41-station Bengals radio network.

TV:  CBS broadcast crew of Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), Steve Beuerlein  (analyst) and Steve Tasker  (analyst) on Channel 12 in Cincinnati, Channel 7 in Dayton, Ohio, and Channel 27 in Lexington, KY

 

INJURIES

CIN: 

OUT:  Starting WR A.J. Green (hamstring), rotational DL  Wallace Gilberry (calf),  backup S Derron Smith (thigh), backup WR James Wright (knee), backup TE C.J. Uzomah (calf).

QUESTIONABLE: LS Clark Harris (groin) has been limited or out since missing his first game in 117 games as a Bengal on Nov. 27. But Friday was his first full practice since the injury suffered vs. the Bills Nov. 20. The Bengals have been carrying two long snappers and Tyler Ott has done a solid job in his second and third NFL games. But with defensive tackle Brandon Thompson (ACL) due to come off the physically unable to perform list (PUP) this Tuesday, that may no longer be a luxury. 

GOOD TO GO:  Backup RT Jake Fisher (knee) went full all week and figures to continue his rotation with Eric Winston. Starting S George Iloka (groin) apparently got injured in Thursday’s practice, when he was listed as limited but he went full go Friday.

       

CLE:

GOOD TO GO:  Starting CB Joe Haden (groin), who missed the first Bengals-Browns game in October, went full Wednesday and Friday after going limited Thursday.

» Complete Injury Report

THE SERIES

The 4-7-1 Bengals lead the 0-12 Browns, 47-39; Browns lead, 24-18 in Cleveland; Bengals lead, 10-7 at FirstEnergy

NOTEWORTHY

»» The Bengals and Browns have played 86 times since 1970. The only team the Bengals have played more are the Steelers with 95.

»» The first time Bengals founder Paul Brown returned to Cleveland as a head coach seven years after Browns owner Art Modell fired him, the Bengals lost a tight one, 30-27, on Oct. 11, 1970. But they bounced back with a 14-10 win on Nov. 15 in front of the first crowd of 60,000 (60,007) at Riverfront Stadium.

»» Cornerback Darius Hilary, a member of the Browns practice squad, signed with the Bengals as a rookie free agent out of Wisconsin back in the spring and was released from the practice squad Sept. 30. He’s the son of former Bengals wide receiver Ira Hillary, a veteran of five Battles of Ohio with three catches for 30 yards against the Browns.

»» Browns leading receiver Terrelle Pryor and slot receiver Andrew Hawkins once wore the Bengals’ uniform. Hawkins had 86 catches for 995 yards from 2011-13 and Pryor spent the 2015 spring camps as a backup QB.

»» Bengals starting SAM backer Karlos Dansby, who had 24 tackles against the Bengals for the Browns in 2014-15, had a team-high 11 back in October

»» On Nov. 28, 2004, the Bengals scored double-digits in every quarter for the only time ever in a 58-48 victory over Cleveland at PBS when current Browns head coach Hue Jackson was in his first season as Bengals wide receivers coach.

»» Sunday’s game is six days shy of 21 years when the Bengals closed out Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium as the original Browns fled to Baltimore in a 26-10 victory over Cincinnati when Earnest Byner rushed for 121 yards and Vinny Testaverde threw for 241 yards and two TDs.

»» A year and a day to Sunday’s game the Bengals hosted the Browns in the final game ever at Riverfront Stadium on Dec. 12, 1999, featuring a 192-yard effort by Bengals RB Corey Dillon  in Cincy’s 44-28 victory. Dillon had 16 more yards than QB Jeff Blake had passing in Blake’s last home game as a Bengal.

 

NFL RANKINGS

CIN: T-23rd in scoring, 8th in offense (14th rushing, 7th          passing); 14th in scoring defense, 21st in defense (23rd    rushing, 16th passing); T-13th in turnover margin at plus-2.

CLE:  31st in scoring, 29th in offense (27th rushing, 26th   passing); 31st in scoring defense, 31st in defense (31st in rushing, 21st passing), T-28th in turnover margin at minus-9.

COACHES

CIN: Marvin Lewis 116-108-3 in 14th season, 19-8 vs. Browns

CLE: Hue Jackson 0-12 in first season in Cleveland, 8-20 overall, 0-1 vs. Lewis and Bengals.

PHILIP RIVERS WEATHER UPDATE

According to the Weather Channel, Cleveland is supposed to be cloudy with 1-3 inches of snow expected and a high of 35 degrees with winds out of the south and south east at 10 to 20 miles per hour. Chance of snow is 90 percent.

 

NUMBERS GAME

.454 - Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis’ regular-season road winning percentage

.548 - Lewis’ regular-season winning percentage in December and January

6-1 - Lewis’ record vs. Cleveland in December

28 - On Sunday, times Lewis has coached in the Battle of Ohio, the most ever.

16 - Games former Bengal Sam Wyche coached in the Battle of Ohio for second most.

14 - Games former Brown Sam Rutigliano coached in the Battle of Ohio for third most

19 - Wins for Lewis in Battle of Ohio

23 - Browns’ wins during Cincinnati’s Green-Dalton Era

56 - Bengals’ wins in Green-Dalton Era

8 - Bengals QB Andy Dalton’s victories over Cleveland

8 - Dalton’s combined victories over Baltimore and Pittsburgh

4 - On Sunday, starting QBs Lewis has used vs. Cleveland

17 - On Sunday, starting QBs Lewis has seen from Cleveland

39-4-2 - Dalton’s record when Bengals run it at least 30 times

3-1-1 - Bengals record when they run it at least 30 times this season

75 - Points Bengals have scored in second quarter.

84 - Points Browns have scored in second quarter

53 - Points Bengals have scored in third quarter

16 - Points Browns have scored in third quarter

855 - Yards Browns WR Terrelle Pryor has this season, his first as a WR

995 - Yards Browns slot receiver Andrew Hawkins had in three seasons as a Bengal

14 - Passes defensed by Bengals LE Carlos Dunlap to lead all NFL defensive linemen

8 - Passes defensed by Browns defensive line

18 - Third-down catches for Bengals WR Tyler Boyd to lead all rookies.

18 - Catches for former Bengals WR Marvin Jones rookie

168 - Career-high yards by Bengals RB Jeremy Hill vs. Browns back on Oct. 23

238 - Yards for Hill in five games since

229.8 - Passing yards Dalton needs to average in last four games to break his own club record with 4,294.

281.3 - Passing yards Dalton is averaging this season

 

 

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