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Browns, Bengals battle for first

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CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals-Browns rivalry takes on an added intensity tonight when Cincinnati hosts its Ohio cousin in the Thursday Night NFL game.

It’s the first time since 1986 that first place in the AFC North is at stake for the two this late in the season.

The Bengals top the division with a 5-2-1 mark. Cleveland has won three in a row to improve to 5-3, despite averaging just 1.9 yards a carry in the running game over that span.

It will be an emotional night for Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still, whose four-year-old daughter will watch him play for the first time. She’s fighting cancer and has been the catalyst of a fundraising effort by the Bengals for cancer research. She will take part in a presentation of a check from the Bengals for more than $1 million dollars to the cause.

*Photo courtesy of AP Photo/Tony Tribble

 

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