STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – First time intrastate rivals have played with first place at stake so late in season since 1986, according to STATS. … They’ve split last two season series, with home team winning each game. … Bengals have won 14 of last 19 games in rivalry. … Cleveland is 4-9 on Thursday night and 21-29 in prime time. Cincinnati is 5-4 on Thursday night and 18-40 in prime time. … Browns are 5-3 for only second time since they returned as franchise in 1999. A win would give them their best record through nine games since 1994. … Browns are one of three teams (Houston, Washington) that have matched or surpassed win totals from last season. … Cleveland hasn’t won AFC North road game since 20-12 win at Cincinnati on Sept. 28, 2008, losing its last 17. … Browns have allowed 68 points in second half, second fewest in league. … Brian Hoyer is 8-3 as Browns starting QB and leads NFL with average of 13.79 yards per completion. … Browns have rushed for 158 yards total in last three games, averaging 1.9 yards per carry. … Tashaun Gipson leads NFL with six interceptions. … Andy Dalton is 4-2 with passer rating of 88.2 vs. Browns. … A.J. Green has four TD catches and 402 yards on 27 receptions in six games vs Browns. In two games last season, he was held to nine catches for 58 yards total. Green returned last Sunday after missing three games with injured right big toe and was in for little more than half of Cincinnati’s plays.
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