1. It is said every week, but it remains true that the Browns need to limit their turnovers and penalties. Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer has had eight turnovers in three games. The Browns lead the NFL with 31 penalties for 287 yards. “We have had all of the self-inflicted wounds that you can have, and that is very uncharacteristic of kind of who we are,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “We have to clean those things up. We have to not beat ourselves first and foremost so that we can make those plays.”

2. The Browns need to start faster because digging an early hole is not helping their cause. The Browns are the only NFL team that hasn’t held a lead in a game this season. The Browns have been outscored 21-7 in first quarters, 42-21 in second quarters and 7-6 in third quarters, and hold a 22-6 edge in fourth quarters. “It is a mentality,” said Kizer, who has completed 57-of-108 passes for 646 yards, three touchdowns and seven interceptions. “You have to be focused in on that all week. We know that we have to start every practice fast. We have to start every rep of a drill fast. That hopefully will carry over into the game so that we can go out and execute our game plan the best we can in that first quarter.” The Browns are averaging 18.7 points per game and the Bengals are averaging a league-worst 11.0 points per game.

3. Browns wide receivers must help Kizer. The receiving corps had seven or eight dropped passes against the Colts and four offensive pass interferences. “You want a quarterback who is making sure he is coming back to his receivers because we are the ones out there and we want to help him out, but we have to help him out by catching the ball,” Browns wide receiver Kenny Britt said. “He did a great job. Regardless of where he is putting the ball, our job is to make sure that he looks good out there.” The Browns are averaging 236 passing yards per game this season.

4. Limiting A.J. Green is always important for any team facing the Bengals. Antonio Brown of the Steelers and T.Y. Hilton of Colts had big games against the Browns, and Green is probably licking his chops heading into Sunday. “A.J. is one of those guys in the league that we have to know where he is at all times, maybe more so than anybody we have played so far in all honesty,” Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said. “You will see our guys with a couple of attention span-type things on where we will leverage things towards him. When you overly dedicate more than what is needed there, then you leave yourself gap deficient in the run game. They have always been able to run the ball there. We have to do a very good job in the run game, and we have for the most part.” The Browns have allowed 87.7 rushing yards and 233 passing yards per game.

5. Speaking of the running game, the Browns must get theirs going. The Browns are averaging 87 rushing yards per game. Isaiah Crowell has 39 carries for 114 yards and zero touchdowns and Duke Johnson Jr. has six carries for 44 yards and one touchdown. Kizer has logged 17 carries for 87 yards and two touchdowns. “As runners, we have to inspire the play-caller to call more runs,” Browns run game coordinator Kirby Wilson said. Finding more touches for Johnson — in either the run game or pass game — would be a good thing. Johnson leads the Browns with 11 receptions for 160 yards and zero touchdowns. “I think he is one of the better players on our football team, and I think he is one of the better players in the National Football League,” Jackson said of Johnson.