STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Teams split intrastate series last season. Browns won Thursday night game at Paul Brown Stadium 24-3 before Bengals went to Cleveland and got shutout. … Browns are 5-6 on Thursday nights, Bengals 5-5. … QB Johnny Manziel starts for Josh McCown, who has bruised ribs. Manziel made first NFL start in that 30-0 loss to Bengals and went 10 of 18 for 80 yards with two interceptions and was sacked three times. Bengals players taunted him by doing ”money-rubbing” gesture after sack. … Gary Barnidge leads NFL tight ends in third-down catches. He needs one 100-yard receiving game to tie Milt Morin for most by Browns tight end in single season. Morin had four in 1968. … Bengals off to first 7-0 start in franchise history, matching their longest winning streak within a season. … QB Andy Dalton had his worst game last season in Thursday night loss to Browns, going 10 of 33 for 86 yards with three interceptions. … WR A.J. Green had season-high 11 catches for 118 yards during win in Pittsburgh. … MLB Vontaze Burfict returned from knee operation and had five tackles in Pittsburgh, playing nearly 50 percent of downs. … Fantasy Tip: RB Jeremy Hill ran for 148 yards in win at Cleveland last season, and Bengals ran for 244 overall. Look for Hill to get lots of carries against NFL’s lowest-ranked run defense.
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