Game Nine Preview: Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football

The Browns and Bengals clash again on Thursday Night Football. Can the Browns give Cincinnati their first loss of the season and rekindle playoff hopes?

November 5, 2015

Cleveland Browns (2-6) vs. Cincinnati Bengals (7-0)

Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati

8:25 p.m. Kickoff

National Television: NFL Network

Local Television: CBS, Channel 19

Play-by-play: Jim Nantz, Analyst: Phil Simms, Sidelines: Tracy Wolfson

Cleveland Browns Radio Network

Flagship stations: 92.3 The Fan (WKRK-FM), ESPN 850 WKNR, WNCX (98.5 FM)

Play-by-play: Jim Donovan Analyst: Doug Dieken Sideline reporter: Nathan Zegura


Cleveland Browns:

Record: 2-6

2015 leaders:

 Rushing: Isaiah Crowell (91-295, 3.2, 1 TD)

 Passing: Josh McCown (165-254, 1,897, 11 TD)

 Receiving: Gary Barnidge (40-567, 14.2, 6 TD)


Cincinnati Bengals:

Record: 7-0

2015 leaders:

 Rushing: Giovani Bernard (78-439, 5.6, 2 TD)

 Passing: Andy Dalton (153-231, 1,992, 15 TD)

 Receiving: A.J. Green (46-649, 14.1, 4 TD)


Last Meeting:

12/14/14  Browns 0, Bengals 30 in Cleveland


Projected Browns Starting Line-up:

Cleveland Browns  
WR 18 Taylor Gabriel
LT 73 Joe Thomas
LG 75 Joel Bitonio
C 55 Alex Mack
RG 77 John Greco
RT 72 Mitchell Schwartz
TE 82 Gary Barnidge
WR 83 Brian Hartline
QB 2 Johnny Manziel
RB 34 Isaiah Crowell
FB 44 Malcolm Johnson
RE 94 Randy Starks
NT 98 Danny Shelton
LE 92 Desmond Bryant
OLB 99 Paul Kruger
MIKE 56 Karlos Dansby
WILL 58 Christian Kirksey
OLB 51 Barkevious Mingo
CB 22 Tramon Williams
CB 26 Pierre Desir
FS 39 Tashaun Gipson
SS 30 Ibraheim Campbell
P 8 Andy Lee
K 6 Travis Coons
H 8 Andy Lee
KR 15 Marlon Moore
PR 11 Travis Benjamin
LS 47 Charley Hughlett


Injury Report:

Questionable: Tashaun Gipson, Nate Orchard, Craig Robertson

Probable: Johnny Manziel

Out: Brian Hartline, Andrew Hawkins, Rob Housler (IR), Josh McCown, Joe Haden, Jordan Poyer, Donte Whitner


Interesting Notes:

- Cleveland is 22-29 all-time in primetime games, including a 5-6 mark on Thursday nights. The Browns have won their last two primetime games, which were both on Thursday.

- The Browns defense has recorded 13 takeaways this season, tied for sixth-most in the league. The team has eight fumble recoveries and five interceptions.

- Rookie RB Duke Johnson Jr. is tied for fourth among all NFL running backs with 33 receptions. Among all NFL rookies, he is second in receptions and third in receiving yards. His 33 receptions are the most by a Browns player through the first eight games of his rookie season.

-  WR Andrew Hawkins was acquired by Cleveland as a restricted free agent in 2014 after three seasons with the Bengals. Hawkins appeared in 35 games with Cincinnati, totaling 86 receptions for 995 yards with four touchdowns.

- OL Joe Thomas has started all 136 career games and has not missed an offensive snap since joining the Browns as the third overall selection of the 2007 draft. His consecutive snaps streak of 8,443 is the longest active stretch in the league.

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