Browns vs. Bengals: Preview capsule
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
TV: CBS, WOIO Channel 19, Spero Dedas, Adam Archuleta
Line: Browns by 9
Weather: Temperatures in the 30s, chance of snow or rain, windy
Bengals on the road: Lost 26-21 at LA Chargers Dec. 9, lost 24-21 at Baltimore Nov. 18, lost 45-10 at Kansas City Oct. 21, won 37-36 at Atlanta Sept. 30, lost 31-21 at Carolina Sept. 23, won 34-23 at Indianapolis Sept. 9.
Browns at home: Beat Panthers 26-20 Dec. 9, beat Falcons 28-16 Nov. 11, lost to Chiefs 37-21 Nov. 4, lost to Chargers 38-14 Oct. 14, beat Ravens 12-9 Oct. 7, beat Jets 21-17 Sept. 20, tied Steelers 21-21 Sept. 9.
Head set: Gregg Williams is 4-2 since replacing Hue Jackson as coach. The Bengals are 1-5 since Jackson joined them as a special assistant. Under offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, the Bengals have scored TDs on 30 of their 42 trips into the red zone. They were in the red zone six times against the Oakland Raiders, producing three TDs and three field goals. Coach Marvin Lewis is 22-9 against the Browns and had a seven-game win streak prior to the 35-20 loss Nov. 25.
QB vs. QB: (Bengals) Third-year pro Jeff Driskel received his first NFL action in garbage time of blowout losses to the Chiefs and Saints this year, then got his first serious work in relief of injured Andy Dalton against the Browns (17-of-29, 155 yards). Driskel had a busy preseason, ranking ninth in the league with 448 passing yards. (Browns) In the first half at Cincinnati Nov. 25, Baker Mayfield went 17-of-22 for 245 yards and three TDs. Mayfield ranks ninth in the league in third-down passer rating at 93.3, one spot behind Tom Brady's 95.5. Mayfield ranks No. 19 with 255.4 passing yards per game, not far behind No. 16 Drew Brees' 261.9.
Running men: (Bengals) Second-year pro Joe Mixon carried 27 times for 129 yards in the win over the Raiders. He surged into the AFC season lead in rushing yards, now on top of the Broncos' Phillip Lindsay 995-991. The Browns held Lindsay to 24 yards on 12 carries. (Browns) Since replacing Carlos Hyde as the starter in Game 7, Nick Chubb ranks third in the league with 687 rushing yards. He had 173 yards through his first six games. Duke Johnson resurfaced at Denver, with eight running-receiving touches for 53 yards, after a three-game stretch of a combined seven touches for 45 yards.
Hands team: (Bengals) Superstar A.J. Green didn't face the Browns in the first meeting and is on injured reserve. Tyler Boyd, a second-round pick out of the University of Pittsburgh in 2016, ranks 18th in the NFL with 1,028 receiving yards, but he generated just 38 yards last Sunday. He had seven catches for 85 yards in the first game against the Browns. (Browns) Since Freddie Kitchens became offensive coordinator, Jarvis Landry is averaging six catches for 50 yards. Tight end David Njoku and wide receiver Antonio Callaway wrecked the Bengals in the first half Nov. 25, totaling nine catches (on 10 targets) for 125 yards and two TDs.
Sack time: Geno Atkins (10.0), Carlos Dunlap (8.0) and Sam Hubbard (6.0) account for most of the Bengals' 33 sacks. Ten different Browns have been in on the team's 32 sacks, led by Myles Garrett's 12.5.
Series: The Bengals lead 26-13 in the Browns' expansion era. The original Browns led 27-24 prior to moving to Baltimore.
— Steve Doerschuk