A look back at Browns-Bengals when both teams were winning

The Cleveland Browns have a regular of series of "lasts" and "first time since" games.

Tuesday, Elias came up with a doozy

That's right, a doozy.

Thursday night's game marks the first time the two will play since Dec. 14, 1986, that both Cincinnati and the Browns are over .500 at this point in the season.

That's 28 years ago.

For the heck of it, here's a few tidbits from that game:

  • Bernie Kosar started at quarterback for the Browns, Boomer Esiason for the Bengals.

  • Kevin Mack led the Browns in rushing, Stanley Wilson led the Bengals.

  • Webster Slaughter led the Browns in receiving, James Brooks led the Bengals.

  • Sam Clancy had a sack and Hanford Dixon an interception for the Browns, the Bengals had no sacks of turnovers.

  • Kosar completed 13-of-29 for 246 yards and a touchdown; nobody can recall any cries for his backup to play because he was below 50 percent.

  • The Browns improved to 12-4 with a 34-3 win in Riverfront, the Bengals dropped to 10-6.

  • The Browns went on to beat the Jets in that memorable playoff game, then lose to the Broncos 23-20 in the AFC Championship Game on that drive by whats-his-name at the end of the game.