The 88th edition of the battle of Ohio is Sunday.
The Bengals lead the all-time series 48-39 and have won five in a row, each by double digits.
Hue Jackson, formerly the Bengals offensive coordinator, is in his second season as Browns coach. They lost the meetings last year 31-17 and 23-10.
Cincinnati is 10-4 against Cleveland this decade after winning the 2000s 12-8.
Now, both teams sit at 0-3 and are desperate for a win. The loser of Sunday’s game is virtually already eliminated, and the losing coach may be fending off questions about his future for the rest of the season.