1. This game carries major AFC North implications. With a win, the Browns would trail the Bengals by only half a game in the division and would own the tiebreaker. The Bengals were 6-2 but have dropped the past two games to the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens. If the Bengals win, they would have a stranglehold on the division moving forward.
2. Today is the next installment of the Joe Haden vs. A.J. Green series. In the Browns’ Week 4 win over the Bengals, Green was held to just 51 yards receiving on seven catches. Green has had at least 100 yards receiving in every game except for one since facing Haden.
3. Jason Campbell will make his first start against the Bengals as the Browns’ starting quarterback, and he’ll do it with the bruised ribs he suffered in the Ravens game Nov. 3. Campbell said last week that he won’t wear any extra padding to protect his ribs. Coach Rob Chudzinski said on Monday that Campbell looked good and had no issues.
4. Before the Browns’ bye week, Chudzinski and offensive coordinator Norv Turner indicated that fullback Chris Ogbonnaya could receive a boost in carries if healthy — he’s been dealing with injured ribs. Starting running back Willis McGahee is averaging only 2.6 yards per carry this season and the team has just one rushing touchdown.
5. Bengals starting quarterback Andy Dalton has struggled with interceptions of late. Dalton threw seven interceptions in the Bengals’ first eight games this season but has been intercepted six times in the past two weeks. Through much of October, he was on a run of three consecutive games with a quarterback rating of at least 105.9. He hasn’t topped a rating of 55 the past two weeks.