Cleveland (2-6) at
7:25 p.m. Thursday, NFL Network
Line: Bengals by 11 1/2
Combatants in the Battle of Ohio are going opposite directions. The Browns are in full swoon. Despite leading Arizona by 10 points at halftime and forcing four turnovers, Cleveland lost its third straight on Sunday by giving up 20 consecutive points. QB Josh McCown’s rib injury opens the door for Johnny Manziel’s second start this season. Losing secondary anchors CB Joe Haden and safety Donte Whitner to concussions hurts, especially on a short week. Only Detroit has more turnovers (20) than Cleveland (17). Cincy’s Cinderella story, which includes the team’s longest in-season winning streak, remains intact despite QB Andy Dalton’s worst game this season (23-38, 231 yards, 2 INTs). His late TD pass beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, gave the Bengals a 3 1/2 -game lead in the AFC North and secured Dalton’s 23rd road win — tying Dan Marino, Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Ryan for most by a Super Bowl-era QB in his first five seasons.