Bengals–Browns rivalry

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Cincinnati Bengals–Cleveland Browns
Teams involved Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns
First contested October 11, 1970
Cleveland Browns 30, Cincinnati Bengals 27
Number of meetings 83 meetings
Most wins Cincinnati, 44
Most recent meeting December 14, 2014
Cincinnati Bengals 30, Cleveland Browns 0
Next meeting TBA
All-time series Cincinnati, 44 – Cleveland, 39
Largest victory Cleveland, 34–0 (10/18/1987)
Longest win streak Cleveland: 7 (1992-95)
Cincinnati: 5 (2004-06)

The Bengals–Browns rivalry, dubbed The Battle of Ohio by fans, is a rivalry between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns. It has produced 2 of the 8 highest scoring games in NFL history. With their 24-3 win on November 6, 2014 in Cincinnati, the Browns edge closer to the Bengals in the all-time series, with the score now being 43-39.

Geography and a shared heritage add to this rivalry. Cleveland (Northeast) and Cincinnati (Southwest) are on opposite corners of the Buckeye state, and essentially split Ohio. Legendary head coach Paul Brown also founded each franchise (the Browns in 1946 and Bengals in 1968). The colors of each team are similar, since he chose the same shade of orange used by the Browns for the Bengals.

The rivalry would later be fueled by sociocultural differences.[citation needed] Although Ohio is geographically part of the Midwest, Cleveland identifies more with the Northeast while Cincinnati identifies more with the South (particularly Kentucky)[citation needed] and is more socially conservative than the rest of the state.[citation needed] In 1989 during a game between the Bengals and Seattle Seahawks at Riverfront Stadium that had debris thrown from the stands. Bengals coach Sam Wyche then grabbed a microphone and told the fans, "You don't live in Cleveland, you live in Cincinnati!"[1]

The Bengals and Browns first played in 1970. Previously, the Bengals were a part of the American Football League. After the AFL-NFL merger the Bengals and Browns were placed in the AFC Central Division. They have played twice a year since 1970, except in 1982 (Player's strike-shortened season) and 1996-98 (the Cleveland Browns relocation controversy). The Browns and Bengals have never met in the playoffs.

1970s (Series tied 10-10)[edit]

Season Date Result Location Notes
1970 October 11 Browns 30

Bengals 27

Cleveland Municipal Stadium The inaugural game.
  November 15 Bengals 14

Browns 10

Riverfront Stadium 
1971 October 17 Browns 27

Bengals 24

Riverfront Stadium   
  December 5 Browns 31 

Bengals 27

Cleveland Municipal Stadium
1972 October 1 Browns 27 

Bengals 6

Cleveland Municipal Stadium  
  December 9 Browns 27 

Bengals 24

Riverfront Stadium 
1973 October 7 Browns 17 

Bengals 10

Cleveland Municipal Stadium  
  December 9 Bengals 34 

Browns 17

Riverfront Stadium 
1974 September 15 Bengals 33 

Browns 7

Riverfront Stadium   
  October 13 Bengals 34
Browns 24
Cleveland Municipal Stadium
1975 September 21 Bengals 24
Browns 17
Riverfront Stadium   
  November 23 Browns 35
Bengals 23
Cleveland Municipal Stadium
1976 October 3 Bengals 45
Browns 24
Cleveland Municipal Stadium  
  October 31 Bengals 21
Browns 6
Riverfront Stadium 
1977 September 18 Browns 13
Bengals 3
Riverfront Stadium   
  November 6 Bengals 10
Browns 7
Cleveland Municipal Stadium
1978 September 10 Browns 13
Bengals 10 (OT)
Cleveland Municipal Stadium  
  December 17 Bengals 48
Browns 16
Riverfront Stadium 
1979 October 21 Browns 28
Bengals 27
Cleveland Municipal Stadium  
  December 16 Bengals 16
Browns 12
Riverfront Stadium 

1980s (Bengals 10-9)[edit]

Year Date Result Location Notes
1980 November 23 Browns 31
Bengals 7
Cleveland Municipal Stadium  
  December 21 Browns 27
Bengals 24
Riverfront Stadium 
1981 September 20 Browns 20
Bengals 17
Riverfront Stadium   
  November 29 Bengals 41
Browns 21
Cleveland Municipal Stadium
1982 September 27
Cleveland Municipal Stadium Cancelled by the nine-week players strike
  December 12 Bengals 23
Browns 10
Riverfront Stadium  Only season in which the teams met just once
1983 September 15 Browns 17
Bengals 7
Cleveland Municipal Stadium Thursday Night Football.
  October 23 Bengals 28
Browns 21
Riverfront Stadium   
1984 October 21 Bengals 12
Browns 9
Riverfront Stadium  Cle: Steve Cox 60 yard FG - team record.
  December 2 Bengals 20
Browns 17 (OT)
Cleveland Municipal Stadium Cin: Jim Breech 35 yard GW-FG in OT.
1985 November 10 Bengals 27
Browns 10
Riverfront Stadium 
  November 24 Browns 24
Bengals 6
Cleveland Municipal Stadium  
1986 September 18 Bengals 30
Browns 13
Cleveland Municipal Stadium Thursday Night Football.
  December 14 Browns 34
Bengals 3
Riverfront Stadium   
1987 October 18 Browns 34
Bengals 0
Riverfront Stadium 
  December 13 Browns 38
Bengals 24
Cleveland Municipal Stadium  
1988 September 25 Bengals 24
Browns 17
Riverfront Stadium 
  October 30 Browns 23
Bengals 16
Cleveland Municipal Stadium  
1989 September 25 Bengals 21
Browns 14
Riverfront Stadium   
  December 3 Bengals 21
Browns 0
Cleveland Municipal Stadium  

1990s (Browns 8-6)[edit]

Year Year Result Location Notes
1990 October 22 Bengals 34
Browns 13
Cleveland Municipal Stadium Monday Night Football.
  December 30 Bengals 21
Browns 14
Riverfront Stadium   
1991 September 15 Browns 14
Bengals 13
Cleveland Municipal Stadium
  November 3 Bengals 23
Browns 21
Riverfront Stadium   
1992 November 1 Bengals 30
Browns 10
Riverfront Stadium 
  December 6 Browns 37
Bengals 21
Cleveland Municipal Stadium  
1993 September 5 Browns 27
Bengals 14
Cleveland Municipal Stadium
  October 17 Browns 28
Bengals 17
Riverfront Stadium   
1994 September 4 Browns 28
Bengals 20
Riverfront Stadium  Cle: Eric Metcalf 92 yard punt return for TD - team record
  October 23 Browns 37
Bengals 13
Cleveland Municipal Stadium  
1995 October 29 Browns 29
Bengals 26 (OT)
Riverfront Stadium  Cle: Matt Stover 5 FG (team record), including GW 28 yarder in OT
  December 17 Browns 26
Bengals 10
Cleveland Municipal Stadium Last game played at Municipal Stadium.
1999 October 10 Bengals 18
Browns 17
Cleveland Browns Stadium
  December 12 Bengals 44
Browns 28
Cinergy Field Last game at Riverfront Stadium/Cinergy Field

2000s (Bengals 12-8)[edit]

Year Date Result Location Notes
2000 September 10 Browns 24
Bengals 7
Paul Brown Stadium First game in Paul Brown Stadium.
  October 29 Bengals 12
Browns 3
Cleveland Browns Stadium  
2001 October 14 Bengals 24
Browns 14
Paul Brown Stadium
  November 25 Browns 18
Bengals 0
Cleveland Browns Stadium  
2002 September 15 Browns 20
Bengals 7
Cleveland Browns Stadium
  November 17 Browns 27
Bengals 20
Paul Brown Stadium  
2003 September 28 Bengals 21
Browns 14
Cleveland Browns Stadium
  December 28 Browns 22
Bengals 14
Paul Brown Stadium  
2004 October 17 Browns 34
Bengals 17
Cleveland Browns Stadium Browns QB Jeff Garcia completed a 99-yard TD pass to WR André Davis, marking the 10th time in NFL history that a 99-yard TD play was recorded.
  November 28 Bengals 58
Browns 48
Paul Brown Stadium  2nd highest scoring game in NFL history.
Cle: Kelly Holcomb 413 yards passing, 5 TD. (Tied team record)

Cin: Rudi Johnson 202 yards rushing, 2 TD. Chad Johnson 10 rec. 117 yards.

2005 September 11 Bengals 27
Browns 13
Cleveland Browns Stadium
  December 11 Bengals 23
Browns 20
Paul Brown Stadium   
2006 September 17 Bengals 34
Browns 17
Paul Brown Stadium 
  November 26 Bengals 30
Browns 0
Cleveland Browns Stadium  
2007 September 16 Browns 51
Bengals 45
Cleveland Browns Stadium 8th highest scoring game in NFL history.

CLE: 554 yards 3rd most in team history. QB Derek Anderson 328 yards passing 5 TD (Tied team record). RB Jamal Lewis 216 yards rushing.
CIN: Carson Palmer 401 yards passing 6 TD (team record). Chad Johnson 11 rec. 209 yards 2 TD receiving.

  December 23 Bengals 19
Browns 14
Paul Brown Stadium Browns controlled their own playoff destiny going into the game, however QB Derek Anderson throws 4 interceptions. Most of the Bengals' points came from these interceptions. Despite an attempt to come back, the Browns lose to the Bengals 19–14. Cincinnati has now won the last 4 meetings at Paul Brown Stadium after Cleveland won 3 of the first 4.
2008 September 28 Browns 20
Bengals 12
Paul Brown Stadium
  December 21 Bengals 14
Browns 0
Cleveland Browns Stadium  
2009 October 4 Bengals 23 (OT)
Browns 20
Cleveland Browns Stadium Bengals won in OT with a Shayne Graham field goal.
  November 29 Bengals 16
Browns 7
Paul Brown Stadium   

2010s (Bengals 6-4)[edit]

Year Date Result Location Notes
2010 October 3 Browns 23
Bengals 20
Cleveland Browns Stadium  
  December 19 Bengals 19
Browns 17
Paul Brown Stadium  
2011 September 11 Bengals 27
Browns 17
Cleveland Browns Stadium  
  November 27 Bengals 23
Browns 20
Paul Brown Stadium  
2012 September 16 Bengals 34
Browns 27
Paul Brown Stadium  
  October 14 Browns 34
Bengals 24
Cleveland Browns Stadium Though outgained in total yardage 438-328, the Browns forced four Bengals turnovers
2013 September 29 Browns 17
Bengals 6
First Energy Stadium  
  November 17 Bengals 41
Browns 20
Paul Brown Stadium  
2014 November 6 Browns 24
Bengals 3
Paul Brown Stadium Browns move to first place in the AFC North and 6-3 for the first time since 1994. Andy Dalton completes just 10 of 33 passes, en route to a 2.0 passer rating. The biggest margin of victory for the Browns over the Bengals since 1987, and their first win in Cincinnati since 2008.
  December 14 Bengals 30
Browns 0
FirstEnergy Stadium  

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