The game also marks the first NFL meeting between Texas natives Colt McCoy and Andy Dalton. The rival quarterbacks are vying to become the long-term solutions for the Browns and Bengals, respectively. Much of their success will hinge on their ability to win division games.
McCoy looks ahead of the rookie Dalton in two preseason games. McCoy, who is in his second year, leads Dalton in every major statistical category. McCoy has more yards, a better completion percentage and four more touchdowns.
Dalton, a second-round pick, hasn't looked sharp. He's thrown for only 155 yards, zero touchdowns and three interceptions.
Cleveland's West Coast offense is more in sync than Cincinnati's West Coast offense halfway through the preseason. Dalton has to play better in the coming weeks to build momentum to face McCoy and the Browns in the regular season.