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Battle Of Ohio II Set For Sunday In Cleveland

Bengals and Browns to square off a second time, with Cincinnati looking for a season sweep.

WHAT: Cincinnati Bengals (9-2) at Cleveland Browns (2-9)

WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET

WHERE: at FirstEngery Stadium, Cleveland

TV: CBS. Announcers: Justin Kutcher, Matt Millen, Peter Schrager

BENGALS KEYS: QB Andy Dalton picked the Browns apart like a surgeon in the first meeting, completing 21 of 27 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns while getting 124 yards out of his backfield. If the Browns' 31st-ranked run defense can't create a steady diet of third-and-longs, the secondary will again see Dalton feasting on mismatches all over the field.

The Bengals are chasing a bye week and a possible No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs. They won't overlook a rival, no matter how downtrodden, but this also would be a good time to unleash Jeremy Hill, who looked good last week with a season-high 86 yards after struggling mightily to that point.

BROWNS KEYS: With QB Josh McCown out for the season and Johnny Manziel still in coach Mike Pettine's doghouse, the Browns will give Austin Davis his first start of the season. Davis is mobile and athletic. He completed 7 of 10 passes for 77 yards in crunch time relief last week, but is very green and was highly inconsistent during his playing time for St. Louis last season.

The Browns can't afford early turnovers from Davis, who needs help from the ground game, but RBs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson combined for just 38 yards on 13 carries in Cleveland's 31-10 loss at Cincinnati four weeks ago. While Davis makes a handful of impressive plays per game, he struggles to put together four mistake-free quarters.

MATCHUP: Bengals LDE Carlos Dunlap vs. Browns RT Mitchell Schwartz: Dunlap dominated this battle in the first meeting, racking up a pair of sacks for 16 yards and three quarterback hits.

BENGALS FAST FACT:  Dalton has a 128.2 passer rating with six touchdowns and no interceptions in the first quarter this season.

BROWNS FAST FACT: Davis completed 180 of 284 passes for 2,001 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 10 games (eight starts) with St. Louis last season. As the Browns ponder their future at the position, the 26-year-old Davis is being given an opportunity to earn the backup role next season. He has intriguing raw tools, but must show enough development to warrant being groomed as a primary backup. (The Sports Xchange contributed to this report.)


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