Browns look to end more streaks Sunday in Cincinnati

2018 season bucket list can be completed with a victory over Bengals

Daryl Ruiter
November 24, 2018 - 4:00 pm
Cincinnati Bengals special assistant to the head coach Hue Jackson reacts to a call in the first quarter of an NFL football game,Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

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Cincinnati, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Browns have checked three items off the 2018 season bucket list, but two big ones remain.

Those can be crossed off with a victory Sunday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

Gone is the 19-game overall winless streak, the 18-game AFC North winless streak and the 37 Sunday losing streak.

But the 25-game road losing streak remains and a loss to the Bengals would tie the record for consecutive road defeats.

The Browns also haven’t won two in a row since 2014 either.

While players and coaches won’t say it publicly, there’s no doubt Hue Jackson joining the Bengals two weeks after being fired, along with offensive coordinator Todd Haley on Oct. 29, doesn’t sit well. No one was willing to come out and say it this week, but Jackson’s knowledge of the Browns does provide Cincinnati with an advantage. What remains to be seen is just how big of an advantage it actually is.

If the Hue storyline this week wasn’t enough for you, safety Damarious Randall provided the quote of the week – if not year – when he declared Friday, “If they don’t have A.J. they’re getting their ass beat.”

Green is doubtful for Sunday's game.

The Browns have scored over 30 points just once this season but the Bengals are averaging over 31 points per game allowed. Both teams rank at the bottom in defensive yardage categories.

A victory by the Browns would also end a 7-game losing streak to Cincinnati, dating back to their last victory in the I-71 series AKA Battle of Ohio AKA Paul Brown Bowl AKA Hue Jackson invitational which came Thursday Nov. 6, 2014 – 24-3.

Here's a look at how the two teams stack up against each other. 

Last week – Browns had bye, Bengals lost to Baltimore 24-21

Last Time – Nov. 26, 2017: Bengals 30, Browns 16

Series – Bengals lead 50-39, Since 1999 Bengals lead 26-12

Rankings – Points scored: Browns 21 (21.8), Bengals 12 (25.6)

Yards: Browns 18 (355.4), Bengals 26 (329.3)

Rushing: Browns 5 (133.2), Bengals 28 (90.0)

Passing: Browns 24 (222.2), Bengals 20 (239.3)

Points allowed: Browns 24t (26.3), Bengals 31 (31.2)

Yards allowed: Browns 31 (419.7), Bengals 32 (449.4)

Rushing yards allowed: Browns 28 (132.1), Bengals 32 (153.6)

Passing yards allowed: Browns 30 (287.6), Bengals 31 (295.8)

Turnover ratio: Browns 2 (+12), Bengals 13t (+2)

Probable Starters – Offense: WR Jarvis Landry, TE Darren Fells, LT Greg Robinson, LG Joel Bitonio, C JC Tretter, RG Kevin Zeitler, RT Chris Hubbard, QB Baker Mayfield, TE David Njoku, WR Rashard Higgins, RB Nick Chubb

Defense: DE Myles Garrett, DT Larry Ogunjobi, DT Trevon Coley, DE Emmanuel Ogbah, WILL Genard Avery, MIKE Joe Schobert, SAM Jamie Collins, CB Denzel Ward, CB TJ Carrie, FS Damarious Randall, SS Jabrill Peppers

Injury Report – Questionable: C JC Tretter (ankle), TE David Njoku (knee)

Expected to play: TE Seth DeValve (calf), DT Larry Ogunjobi (shoulder), DB Tavierre Thomas (abdomen)  

Broadcast – Radio: 92.3 The Fan, 98.5 WNCX and the University Hospitals Cleveland Browns radio network. TV: WOIO TV-19 (CBS)

Kickoff – 1:03 p.m. – Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio

Our prediction – Browns 34, Bengals 27