Browns-Bengals Capsule

The Associated Press
The Associated Press


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OPENING LINE - Bengals by 6

RECORD VS. SPREAD - Cleveland 5-4, Cincinnati 5-4-1

SERIES RECORD - Bengals lead 42-38

LAST MEETING - Browns beat Bengals 17-6, Sept. 29, 2013

LAST WEEK - Bengals lost to Ravens 20-17, OT; Browns had bye

AP PRO32 RANKING - Browns No. 19, Bengals No. 10





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Browns have won last two games in intrastate series. They're trying to sweep for first time since 2002. ... Browns can match win total from 2012. They haven't won more than five games in season since 2007. ... QB Jason Campbell has completed 63.4 percent of passes for 555 yards and five TDs without interception. He's first Browns QB since 1967 to have passer rating over 100 in first two starts for Browns. Last Cleveland QB to have passer rating over 100 for three straight games was Bernie Kosar in 1989. ... Campbell hasn't thrown interception in 90 attempts. ... Browns are allowing 4.51 yards per play, lowest in NFL. ... Browns have 31 sacks, second in league. They've had 11 in last two games, Browns' highest two-game total since 2001. ... Jordan Cameron has six TD catches, tied with Ozzie Newsome for second-highest total by tight end in club history. Newsome set record with nine in 1979. ... CB Joe Haden held A.J. Green to seven catches for 51 yards in Cleveland. Haden has allowed only one TD catch by receiver he covered this season: Green Bay's Jordy Nelson. ... Bengals are 4-0 at home this season, outscoring opponents 116-55. ... Cincinnati is coming off back-to-back losses in overtime. No NFL team has played three straight OT games. Bengals are 1-2 in OT this season. ... Bengals RB Giovani Bernard leads all AFC rookies with 723 yards from scrimmage. He played in Baltimore despite bruised ribs. ... QB Andy Dalton has thrown six interceptions in the last two games, career high. He had season-low passer rating of 52.2 Baltimore. ... Green has five straight 100-yard receiving games, club record. He has six for season, another club record. Green leads NFL with 1,013 yards and is second with 65 catches.


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