CLEVELAND (2-6) at CINCINNATI (7-0)
Thursday, 8:25 p.m. ET, NFL Network
OPENING LINE - Bengals by 9 1-2
RECORD VS. SPREAD - Browns 4-4, Bengals 6-0-1
SERIES RECORD - Bengals lead 44-39
LAST MEETING - Bengals beat Browns 30-0, Dec. 14, 2014
LAST WEEK - Browns lost to Cardinals 34-20; Bengals beat Steelers 16-10
AP PRO32 RANKING - Browns No. 27, Bengals No. 2
BROWNS OFFENSE - OVERALL (18), RUSH (31), PASS (9).
BROWNS DEFENSE - OVERALL (30), RUSH (32), PASS (22).
BENGALS OFFENSE - OVERALL (6), RUSH (14), PASS (7).
BENGALS DEFENSE - OVERALL (22), RUSH (18), PASS (23).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Teams split intrastate series last season. Browns won Thursday night game at Paul Brown Stadium 24-3 before Bengals went to Cleveland and got shutout. ... Browns are 5-6 on Thursday nights, Bengals 5-5. ... QB Johnny Manziel starts for Josh McCown, who has bruised ribs. Manziel made first NFL start in that 30-0 loss to Bengals and went 10 of 18 for 80 yards with two interceptions and was sacked three times. Bengals players taunted him by doing ''money-rubbing'' gesture after sack. ... Gary Barnidge leads NFL tight ends in third-down catches. He needs one 100-yard receiving game to tie Milt Morin for most by Browns tight end in single season. Morin had four in 1968. ... Bengals off to first 7-0 start in franchise history, matching their longest winning streak within a season. ... QB Andy Dalton had his worst game last season in Thursday night loss to Browns, going 10 of 33 for 86 yards with three interceptions. ... WR A.J. Green had season-high 11 catches for 118 yards during win in Pittsburgh. ... MLB Vontaze Burfict returned from knee operation and had five tackles in Pittsburgh, playing nearly 50 percent of downs. ... Fantasy Tip: RB Jeremy Hill ran for 148 yards in win at Cleveland last season, and Bengals ran for 244 overall. Look for Hill to get lots of carries against NFL's lowest-ranked run defense.
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