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Cincinnati Bengals vs. Cleveland Browns Preview and Predictions 12-08-2019


The Cleveland Browns squandered a chance to put themselves in playoff position with a loss at Pittsburgh last week and now face long odds to end a postseason drought that stretches back to 2002. The Browns will focus on just this week when they host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

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"Moving forward, we are going to do the same thing because I know this, we have a zero percent chance unless we take care of what we can take care of, and that is just to go 1-0 this week," Cleveland coach Freddie Kitchens told reporters. "We are about to play a Cincinnati team that is coming off of their first win. Their confidence is going to be at an all-time high. We understand that and respect that, but we also know that is more about us than anything else." The Browns had a three-game winning streak come to an end with last week's 20-13 setback and need to win their four remaining games and get some help to earn a wild-card spot in the AFC. The Bengals became the last NFL team to earn their first win when they topped the New York Jets 22-6 last week, snapping a string of five straight games scoring 17 points or fewer. "The biggest thing is now we need to learn how to handle winning and find a way to be consistent with this," Cincinnati coach Zac Taylor told reporters. "Although that was our first win and it's a good step in the right direction, now the key is we need to be consistent with it. You can't change your approach."

TV: 1 p.m. ET, CBS. LINE: Browns -7.5 O/U: 41.5

ABOUT THE BENGALS (1-11): Taylor benched long-time starting quarterback Andy Dalton during the team's winless start but went back to him last week and was rewarded with 243 passing yards, one touchdown, no turnovers and a victory. "He did a great job as a leader, even in his time away," Taylor told reporters of Dalton. "Anytime someone is thrust back into that role that the team has great respect for, it naturally elevates them, and he's an excellent leader on top of that. He gets a lot out of the guys. They certainly believe in him." Dalton's TD pass was the 198th of his career, breaking a tie with Ken Anderson for the most in franchise history.

ABOUT THE BROWNS (5-7): Cleveland went into Pittsburgh with plenty of confidence and emotion after a win over the rival Steelers two weeks earlier included a fight and numerous suspensions and fines, but the emotion didn't translate to improved execution. "The next time we are in that situation, I expect us to respond better," Kitchens told reporters. "I expect to do a better job. I expect my coaches to do a better job. I expect our corners to do a better job, our running backs, our quarterbacks - I expect everyone to get better from experience. Yeah, I think all of these things that come up during the course of a football season make you better moving forward." The Browns face Cincinnati twice in the remaining four games but also have to travel to Arizona and host the NFL-best Baltimore Ravens.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Bengals WR John Ross (sternoclavicular joint) was activated from IR on Tuesday and is expected to play Sunday for the first time since Week 4.

2. Browns QB Baker Mayfield (hand contusion) expects to play Sunday while LT Greg Robinson cleared concussion protocol and returned to practice this week.

3. Cleveland took both meetings last season, snapping a string of seven consecutive wins for Cincinnati.

Prediction

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Last Injuries

Cleveland Browns

  • Jarvis Landry

    Hip
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Landry has been shifted to the active PUP list while recovering from offseason left hip surgery. There is currently no timetable for return.

  • Garrett Gilbert

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Gilbert has hit the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list, and he will miss an undetermined length of time.

  • Karl Joseph

    Foot
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Joseph has wound up on the active PUP list as he is rehabbing from offseason foot surgery. Team management has not indicated yet when he will be activated.

  • Andrew Billings

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Billings has been moved to the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list as he will not perform in the 2020 season due to a personal reason.

  • Colby Gossett

    Personal
    out for season | out

    Gossett has decided to sit out for the duration of the 2020 season due to a personal reason.

  • Jamie Gillan

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Gillan will have to quarantine for an unknown length while on the Injured Reserve/COVID-19 list.

  • Trevon Young

    Undisclosed
    I-R | I-R

    Young has reverted to the Injured Reserve list after clearing waivers with an unspecified injury.

  • Pharaoh Brown

    Foot
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Brown has been designated for the active PUP list with a foot injury. It is up in the air when he will be activated.

Cincinnati Bengals

  • Renell Wren

    Hip
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Wren has wound up on the active Non-Football Injury list while healing from a previous hip injury. There is no timetable for return.

  • Alex Redmond

    Bicep
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Redmond has been designated for the active Non-Football Injury list while recuperating from a torn biceps that ended his 2019 season. It is uncertain how long he will be debilitated.

  • Josh Tupou

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Tupou has been added to the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list after informing the team that he will sit out the entire 2020 season.

  • Isaiah Prince

    Personal
    I-R | I-R

    Prince is on the Injured Reserve/Opt-Out list as he has elected to sit out the entire 2020 season.

  • Rodney Anderson

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Anderson has landed on the active Pup list while rehabbing a torn ACL, and it is uncertain when he will be activated.

  • Damion Willis

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Willis has hit the active PUP list with an undefined injury and will miss an extended period.

  • Khalid Kareem

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Kareem will spend an undetermined length of time on the Injured Reserve/Non-Football Injury list while he recovers from surgery to fix the labrum in his shoulder.

  • Markus Bailey

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | I-R

    Bailey is on the Injured Reserve/Non-Football Injury list while he recuperates from a previously torn ACL. It is unknown how much time he will need to heal.