Battle of Ohio Resumes Sunday

The all-time lead in the Battle of Ohio series is on the line, as the Bengals and Browns are tied at 34-34 over 68 previous meetings dating back to 1970.

“They’re our big in-state rival,” said guard Bobbie Williams. “We’ve got to be able to have something left for them. It’s very disappointing to face the reality that we can’t even be a .500 team, but we’ve got to put that behind us for now.”

The Browns will arrive at Paul Brown Stadium with a 9-5 record and can clinch a playoff berth with a win.

“We have a chance to ruin or at least hurt some playoff hopes,” said Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson, “and we’ve got guys with a lot of pride. You go out there with your name on the back of your jersey, and with the Bengal ‘B’ on the front. You’ve got to be ready to play for that.”

The Bengals had beaten Cleveland five straight times entering this season, but the Browns took this year’s first game in a 51-45 scorefest at Cleveland on Sept. 16. Carson Palmer threw a career-high six TD passes in that game, but Cleveland quarterback Derek Anderson threw five, and Browns running back Jamal Lewis rushed for 216 yards.


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