Cleveland (5-3) at Cincinnati (5-2-1), 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network) Paul Brown Stadium. It’s a 249 mile, 3:30 trip south as the Browns travel south down I-71 to take on first-place Cincinnati in an AFC North matchup to open play in week 10. Both teams come off wins at home and both teams won against Florida teams.

The Browns surpassed their 2013 win total last Sunday when they rallied from a 10-9 deficit along the shores of Lake Erie and came away with the 22-17 win. The Browns would outscored Tampa Bay 13-7 in the final 30 minutes of action to take the win and scored their winning points when WR Taylor Gabriel caught a 34 yard TD pass from Brian Hoyer with 8:59 left to play in the interdivisional contest. The Browns then tried a two-point conversion in an attempt to make it a 7-point game but that try failed. Hoyer and Tampa Bay QB Mike Glennon threw for a pair of TDs as well as a pair of interceptions and sacks in the contest, that saw the Browns rush for only 50 yards, while Tampa Bay had 113.

Cleveland on third down tries went 5-14 (1-2 on fourth down tries) and held the ball for 29:28, while the Bucs were 4-12 and 0-2 on third and fourth downs, keeping the ball for 30:32.

The Bengals made it 2 for 2 against teams from the Sunshine State Sunday as they beat Jacksonville 33-23. Cincinnati erased a 3-0 first quarter deficit and led 12-3 at the break, thanks in part to a 19-yard TD pass to Mohamed Sanu from Andy Dalton, a 31 yard field goal by Mike Nugent and a safety when S Taylor Mays blocked a punt that went out of the end zone for a safety. Cincy would outscore Jacksonville 21-20 in the final 30 minutes of play in the 10-point win. Rookie RB Jeremy Hill ran for 154 yards and a pair of TDs in the contest (the Bengals had 191, while Jacksonville, who lost their second game in a row, ran for 132). The Bengals in their win at home were 6-13 on third down tries and held the ball for 32:44, while Jacksonville kept the pigskin for 27:16 and was 4-12 on third down conversions.

“We’re a savvy group and we overcame some adversity against the Jaguars to win,” says Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis. “We’ll take a look at it and get everything fixed because we have a tough division game on Thursday. We are definitely looking forward to Thursday night.”

The Bengals are 13-0-1 in their past 14 regular-season home games. During that span, quarterback Dalton has passed for 3,385 yards with 26 touchdowns and a 95.4 passer rating.

“It’s going to be exciting,” Browns safety Tashaun Gipson toldt he Cleveland Plain Dealer. “It’s going to be really exciting to be playing on Thursday night, showing everyone what the new Cleveland Browns look like.”

Cincy holds a 43-38 lead in the series and have outscored the Browns 1,732-1,658. The two teams met last year and both teams split the season series and both won in their home stadiums.

The Bengals and Browns met along the shores of Lake Erie in week three and it was Cleveland coming away with the 17-6 win. Neither club shattered the 100-yard barrier (Cleveland outrushed Cincinnati 89-63) and the Bengals were 4-14 on third down tries (1-3 on fourth) and kept the ball for 28:51. The Browns were 50 percent on third down conversions at 9-18, holding the ball for 31:09.

Cincy would get some major revenge in the second meeting in the Buckeye State in week 11, taking the Browns to task for a 41-20 win. Cincinnati didn’t just erase a 3-0 first quarter deficit, they wiped it off the planet, scoring 31 second quarter points unchallenged. In outrushing Cleveland 106-102, the Bengals sacked Browns QB Josh Campbell four times and picked him off three times, forcing four Cleveland turnovers in the second meeting. Third down tries in the second meeting? Not a lot to cheer about for either club (the Bengals were a dismal 1-14, Cleveland was a less-than-impressive 4-18 and went 1-4 on fourth down) and the clock favored the Browns at 32:24 to the Bengals’ 27:36.

In the first meeting along the shores of Lake Erie, Cincinnati was favored by 4 1/2 (Cleveland covered the spread with their 11-point win) but both teams missed the 42 over/under, scoring only 23 points. The Bengals easily covered the 6 point spread at home, winning by 21 and both teams smashed the 42 over/under, scoring 61 points.

On Thursday night, the Bengals are favored by 6 and the over/under’s 45. Both numbers make a lot of sense but the Bengals seem to do well at home and that trend continues. Cleveland makes it close but Cincy takes the win and covers the 6.

Injury Report

Cleveland
OUT: S Johnson Bademosi (concussion), TE Jordan Cameron (concussion)
QUESTIONABLE: WR Andrew Hawkins (thigh, knee), DE Phillip Taylor (knee), DE Billy Winn (toe)
PROBABLE: DE Desmond Bryant (wrist), WR Taylor Gabriel (shoulder), QB Brian Hoyer (glute), LB Barkevious Mingo (shoulder), WR Rodney Smith (hamstring)

Cincinnati
OUT: LB Vontaze Burfict (knee), CB Leon Hall (concussion)
DOUBTFUL: RB Giovani Bernard (hip), LB Rey Maualuga (hamstring), T Andre Smith (ankle)
QUESTIONABLE: DE Robert Geathers (shoulder)
PROBABLE: CB Darqueze Dennard (hamstring), TE Jermaine Gresham (knee), CB Terence Newman (chest), G Kevin Zeitler (calf)

Broadcast Information: NFL Network at 8:25 p.m.: Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Mike Mayock, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 88 (WestWood 1), 93 (Cleveland), 92 (Cincinnati). XM: 88 (WestWood 1), 225 (Cleveland), 226 (Cincinnati).

Weather Information: Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and 43 degreees.

Broadcast information and injury report courtesy the National Football League, odds courtesy Don Best and USA Today, weather information courtesy The Weather Channel.

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