Bengals vs. Browns: 3 Keys to Victory

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Dec 14, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) runs on Cleveland Browns strong safety

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(31) during the second quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

2. Get Jeremy Hill going early

Hill showed signs of improvement in his last game against the Steelers. With 15 carries for 60yards, he had a solid game against a historically stingy run defense. In Hill’s two games against the Browns, he has averaged over 100 yards per game and over 5 yards per carry. This would be the perfect situation to get him going again headed into the toughest stretch of the 2015 season.

3. Marvin Lewis Must Control Speed of the Game

Please Marvin, don’t lay an egg. Every season it seems that once the Bengals have won their fans trust, they seem to lay a major egg, and last season was a perfect example. The Bengals were on a roll and hosted the Browns on Thursday night. They went on to have one of the worst performances that they have ever had.

Yes, a lot of that was due to the poor play of Andy Dalton, but I don’t think it is any secret that Cincinnati has had its fair share of games that they have lost; then later, the team came out and said that they have said that they took their opponent lightly.

It is a short week, against a division rival who has given the rest of the AFC North its fair share of fits over the years. Don’t take this game lightly. Extend the lead, and give us enough confidence to start printing the shirts. They must avoid wasted timeouts, dumb penalties, and keep the game up tempo to wear down a thin Cleveland defense.