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Bengals vs Browns: Position by position breakdown of the Battle of Ohio

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Nov 4, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden (23) breaks up a pass in the third quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The Bengals have the better group of CBs with Newman, Hall, Jones and Kirkpatrick, however, all 4 are dealing with injuries and 1 or 2 may not even play (Hall and Kirkpatrick). The Browns clearly have the best CB overall with Hayden and with his success against Green, combined with the injury issues of the Bengals, the Browns have the CB advantage as well.

Advantage: Browns

Rarely do the Bengals have an advantage at safety, but this makes two weeks in a row. Reggie Nelson is a very good safety, Iloka is playing well, and the signing of Crocker gives them depth.

However, with the loss of Reggie Nelson, this is not a group that gives the Bengals any difference-making advantage. T.J. Ward is a serviceable safety that has played well in the past against the Bengals, but not well enough to give the Browns an advantage either.

Advantage: Bengals

It will be weird to see Billy Cundiff trot out onto the field Sunday rather than Phil Dawson, the Browns staple at kicker for seemingly forever. That is good news for the Bengals as Cundiff is not nearly the kicker Dawson is. Mike Nugent is a solid, not great kicker but has a career kicking percentage nearly 5 points better than Billy Cundiff (80.9 to 76.1).

Advantage: Bengals