Bengals vs. Browns: 3 Keys to Victory

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Dec 14, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback

Andy Dalton

(14) audibles versus the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Bengals won 30-0. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

On a short week, the Cincinnati Bengals have to get over the huge victory against the Pittsburgh Steelers and start focusing on the pesky Cleveland Browns.

Yes, I said it, the Browns are a pesky team. While they amy not win with frequency, they still do put up a strong fight. I don’t think anyone in Cincinnati needs to be reminded about what happened last November on Thursday night against the Browns. So what do the Bengals need to do in order to prevent history from repeating itself?

1. Get the ball to A.J. Green.

With the news that Browns defensive backs Joe Haden and Dante Whitner are unlikely to play due to the NFL’s Concussion Protocol, Bengals’ receiver A.J. Green may be salivating at his chance to put all those bad games against Cleveland behind him.

Through eight career games against the Browns, Green has averaged only 59 yards per game, and that is large part due to the aforementioned Joe Haden. And if you want to take it a step further, the trickle down effect means that Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu and Tyler Eifert now get a lesser defensive back and Safety to work against.

Next: 2. Get Jeremy Hill going early