1. Pat Shurmur will make his regular-season debut as an NFL coach and simultaneously be introduced to the Battle of Ohio. Browns coaches are 4-8 when facing the Bengals for the first time. The Bengals lead the series 39-36. The two teams split the series last season, with the home team prevailing each time.
2. The Browns have converted to Shurmur’s West Coast offense, and the Bengals have adopted new offensive coordinator Jay Gruden’s version of the scheme. Which quarterback from Texas — the Browns’ Colt McCoy or the Bengals’ Andy Dalton — will experience more success in the system?
3. The Browns also will unveil defensive coordinator Dick Jauron’s 4-3 scheme in its true form. Jauron didn’t show his entire hand in the preseason, and he’ll certainly try to force Dalton to make rookie mistakes.
4. Seven rookies are expected to start between the two teams: defensive tackle Phil Taylor, defensive end Jabaal Sheard, fullback Owen Marecic and left guard Jason Pinkston for the Browns; Dalton, wide receiver A.J. Green and right guard Clint Boling for the Bengals.
5. Browns-Bengals connections: Bengals safety Chris Crocker was selected by the Browns in the third round (84th overall) of the 2003 draft. He spent three seasons with the Browns. … Jauron played for the Bengals in 1978-80. Northeast Ohio connections: Bengals cornerback Nate Clements played at Ohio State and is from Shaker Heights. … Bengals offensive lineman Mike McGlynn is from Austintown.