Bengals Blast Johnny Football and Browns in 30-0 Win in Cleveland

All week the Bengals had to sit back and hear about Browns rookie QB Johnny Manziel and ‘Johnny Football.’

Sunday in Cleveland, they put their foot on the Browns throat, showing Manziel just what it was like to play as a rookie QB in the NFL.

Manziel was harassed all day by the Bengals defense, and Cincinnati used a punishing run game to pound Cleveland 30-0 to move to 9-4-1 on the season.

Wins over Denver and Pittsburgh in their final two weeks will clinch Cincy their second straight AFC North Title.’

“This game is big for us getting into the playoffs,” Bengals QB Andy Dalton said. “We didn’t play so well last time (a 24-3 loss), but to come out and get a big win like this is really what we were trying to do.”

The Bengals defense took it upon themselves to shut down Manziel, holding him to an awful day in which he went just 10-for-18 for 80 yards with two picks.

He was sacked three times and only ran for 13 yards on five carries. He didn’t fool the Bengals D all day, and paid for it more than once when he did escape the pocket with big hits.

“He didn’t play well, he looked like a rookie,” Browns coach Mike Pettine said of Manziel. “He made some obvious mistakes that typically a veteran quarterback won’t make.”

The Bengals slammed the Browns on the field and in the boxscore, recording their first shutout since Dec. 21, 2008 – in Cleveland.
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Cincinnati put up 347 yards to Cleveland’s 107. The Bengals picked up 24 first downs to five for the Browns, who went just 1 of 10 on third down.

Mike Nugent kicked two 44-yard field goals and added a 34-yarder for the Bengals, who turned a day of promise and potential for the Browns into Cleveland’s worst nightmare.

Cincinnati led 20-0 at halftime, putting the game away.

Bengals rookie Jeremy Hill rushed for 148 yards and two touchdowns, as Cincy put up 244 yards on the ground.

Dalton wasn’t great, but he didn’t have to be, as he was just 14-for-24 for 117 yards and a pick. He didn’t make any big mistakes through that would have allowed the Browns to hang around.

Bengals vs Browns NFL Week 15 Inactives

Bengals: QB AJ McCarron, WR Dane Sanzenbacher, CB Terence Newman, G Tanner Hawkinson, TE Jermaine Gresham, WR James Wright, DE Margus Hunt.

Browns: DB K’Waun Williams, DB Tashaun Gipson, RB Glenn Winston, DB Robert Nelson, ILB Karlos Dansby, OL Vinston Painter, TE Gary Barnidge.

Video: CBS NFL Week 15 Preview – Bengals at Browns

Pete Prisco and Pat Kirwan preview the NFL Week 15 matchup between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns.

Bengals at Browns NFL Week 15 Game Capsule



STREAKS   3 of past 4
COACHES VS. OPP. Lewis: 15-8 Pettine: 1-0
LAST WEEK L 42-21 vs. Steelers L 25-24 vs. Colts
LAST GAME 11/6/14: Browns 24 at Bengals 3. Cleveland RBs Terrance West, Isaiah Crowell & Ben Tate each score a rushing TD. Defense has 3 interceptions.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/29/13: Browns 17, Bengals 6. Cleveland QB Brian Hoyer throws for 269 yards & 2 TDs. Browns TE Jordan Cameron has 10 catches for 91 yards & TD.
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Thom Brennaman, David Diehl, Laura Okmin (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 112 (Cin.), 85 (Cle.). XM: 85 (Cle.).


PASSING Dalton: 251-394-2891-15-13-84.7 Manziel (R): 5-9-63-0-0-77.5
RUSHING Hill (R): 152-729-4.8-6 West (R): 148-556-3.8-3
RECEIVING Green: 56-910-16.3-6 Hawkins: 56-756-13.5-2
OFFENSE 348.5 353.8
DEFENSE 377.8 360.5
SACKS Dunlap: 6 Kruger: 9
INTs Iloka: 3 Skrine: 4
PUNTING Huber: 47.3 (1C) Lanning: 43.8
KICKING Nugent: 87 (30/30 PAT; 19/25 FG) Cundiff: 94 (28/28 PAT; 22/29 FG)


BENGALS: QB ANDY DALTON passed for 302 yards with 128.8 rating & 3 total TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) last week, surpassing JEFF BLAKE (93) for 4th-most TD passes in franchise history (95). Has 38-22-1 (.631) record, highest win pct. of any Bengals QB (min. 20 starts)…RB GIOVANI BERNARD had 86 scrimmage yards in last meeting (45 rush, 41 rec.). In past 6, rookie RB JEREMY HILL (Round 2, No. 55 overall) has 604 scrimmage yards (100.6 per game) with 3 rush TDs. Leads NFL rookies in rush yards (729) & is tied for 2nd in rush TDs (6)…Last week, WR A.J. GREEN had career-high 224 yards, 2nd-most in club history (CHAD JOHNSON, 260 yards on 11/12/06 vs. Chargers), on 11 catches with TD. Has 4,743 career receiving yards, 4th-most of any player in 1st 4 NFL seasons. In 3 career road meetings, has 15 catches for 227 yards & 3 TDs. Has 5 TDs in past 7 overall…Since 2012, GENO ATKINS has 20.5 sacks, tied for 2nd among AFC DTs. LB VINCENT REY leads team with 97 tackles, incl. game-high 15 vs. Steelers…BROWNS: Rookie QB JOHNNY MANZIEL will make 1st career NFL start. Scored 1st NFL TD in Week 13 vs. Buf. (10-yard run)…Browns are only NFL team with 2 rookies with 500+ rushing yards – RBs TERRANCE WEST (556) & ISAIAH CROWELL (529). Crowell (undrafted) has 4 rush TDs in past 5 & leads NFL rookies with 8 rush TDs in 2014. West (Round 3, No. 94 overall) leads team & ranks 2nd among AFC rookies with 556 rush yards. Rushed for 94 yards & TD in last meeting…In past 17, WR JOSH GORDON has 104 rec. for 1,856 yards (109.2/game) & 9 TDs. Had 125 rec. yards on 5 catches (25 avg.) with TD in last meeting…CB JOE HADEN has INT in 3 of past 4. Last week, S JIM LEONHARD posted INT & sack in same game for 1st time in career. Aims for 3rd in row with INT. Last week, rookie CB JUSTIN GILBERT (23-yard INT-TD) & LB CRAIG ROBERTSON (0-yard FR-TD) each scored 1st career NFL TDs. CB BUSTER SKRINE had career-high 2 INTs in last meeting. S DONTE WHITNER leads team with 85 tackles. LB BARKEVIOUS MINGO posted sack last week.

Bengals vs Browns Wednesday Injury Report

Practice Report
Wednesday LB Vontaze Burfict (knee)
Wednesday DE Margus Hunt (ankle), CB Adam Jones (chest), CB Dre Kirkpatrick (ribs), K Mike Nugent (not injury related), G Mike Pollak (knee), WR James Wright (knee)
Wednesday CB Terence Newman (ankle)
Practice Report
Wednesday TE Gary Barnidge (rib), S Tashaun Gipson (knee), C Nick McDonald (not injury related), CB Robert Nelson (hamstring), LB Jabaal Sheard (foot), T Joe Thomas (not injury related), S Donte Whitner (illness), CB K’Waun Williams (hamstring), RB Glenn Winston (illness)
Wednesday DE Desmond Bryant (thigh), LB Karlos Dansby (knee)
Wednesday RB Isaiah Crowell (hip)

Steelers vs Bengals NFL Week 14 Inactives

Steelers: RB Dri Archer, OLB James Harrison, OT Marcus Gilbert, WR Justin Brown, CB B.W. Webb, DE Clifton Geather, QB Landry Jones.

Bengals: WR Dane Sanzenbacher, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, LB Vontaze Burfict, LB Chris Carter, OT Tanner Hawkinson, WR James Wright, DE Margus Hunt.

Steelers at Bengals Thursday Injury Report

Practice Report
Wednesday T Marcus Gilbert (ankle), LB James Harrison (knee), TE Heath Miller (not injury related), S Troy Polamalu (illness), QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related)
Thursday T Marcus Gilbert (ankle), LB James Harrison (knee), S Troy Polamalu (illness, not injury related)
Wednesday CB Cortez Allen (thumb), CB Brice McCain (hamstring), DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), LB Ryan Shazier (ankle), CB Ivan Taylor (shoulder)
Thursday CB Cortez Allen (thumb), CB Brice McCain (hamstring), DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), TE Heath Miller (not injury related), QB Ben Roethlisberger (not injury related), LB Ryan Shazier (ankle), CB Ivan Taylor (shoulder)
Practice Report
Wednesday LB Jayson DiManche (forearm)
Thursday LB Jayson DiManche (forearm)
Wednesday LB Vontaze Burfict (knee), DE Robert Geathers (hip), TE Ryan Hewitt (illness), DE Margus Hunt (ankle), CB Adam Jones (concussion), DT Domata Peko (elbow), G Mike Pollak (knee), WR James Wright (knee)
Thursday LB Vontaze Burfict (knee), DE Margus Hunt (ankle), DT Domata Peko (elbow), T Andrew Whitworth (not injury related), WR James Wright (knee)
Wednesday WR A.J. Green (thigh), T Marshall Newhouse (hip)
Thursday DE Robert Geathers (hip), WR A.J. Green (thigh), CB Adam Jones (concussion)
Thursday TE Ryan Hewitt (illness), T Marshall Newhouse (hip), G Mike Pollak (knee)

Steelers vs Bengals NFL Week 14 Capsule



STREAKS 6 of past 8
COACHES VS. OPP. Tomlin:10-4 Lewis: 7-16
LAST WEEK L 35-32 vs. Saints W 14-13 at Buccaneers
LAST GAME 12/15/13: Bengals 20 at Steelers 30. Pittsburgh WR Antonio Brown scores 2 TDs (1 receiving, 1 PR). Steelers rookie RB Le’Veon Bell adds 107 scrimmage yards (57 rushing, 50 receiving) & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/16/13: Bengals 20, Steelers 10. Cincinnati rookie RB Giovani Bernard rushes for 38 yards & TD & adds 27-yard TD catch. Bengals QB Andy Dalton passes for 280 yards.
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Jenny Dell (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 132 (Pit.), 85 (Cin.). XM: 85 (Cin.).


PASSING Roethlisberger: 314-471-3705 (3C)-26-8-101.7 Dalton: 230-365-2589-13-13-81.2
RUSHING Bell: 216-1046 (1C)-4.8-3 Hill (R): 144-683-4.7-6
  1. Brown: 96 (1L)-1258 (1L)-13.1-11 (2L)
Sanu: 51-738-14.5-5
OFFENSE 417.3 (3L) 343.6
DEFENSE 347.9 364.0
SACKS Worilds: 4.5 Dunlap: 6
INTs Gay, C. Allen: 2 Iloka: 3
PUNTING Wing: 43.5 Huber: 47.5 (1C)
KICKING Suisham: 96 (33/33 PAT; 21/24 FG) Nugent: 84 (27/27 PAT; 19/25 FG)


STEELERS: In past 6, QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER has 2,112 pass yards (352/game) with 18 TDs vs. 5 INTs for 109.1 rating. Incl. playoffs, Steelers are 40-5 (.889) when Roethlisberger has 110+ rating (min. 15 att.). Has 245 career TD passes & needs 5 to become 1st player in club history to reach 250…RB LE’VEON BELL leads AFC & ranks 2nd in NFL with 1,689 scrim. yards (1,046 rush, 643 rec.). 1st player in club history with 1,000+ rush & 500+ rec. yards in season. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 10 of past 12…WR ANTONIO BROWN leads NFL with 1,258 rec. yards & is 1st player in franchise history with back-to-back 1,200-yard rec. seasons. Has 5+ catches & 50+ yards in 28 consec. games, longest such streak in NFL history. Has 357 career rec. & needs 2 to surpass LOUIS LIPPS (358) for 4th-most in Steelers history. Rookie WR MARTAVIS BRYANT (Rd. 4, No. 118 overall) has 6 TD catches in 6 career games…LB LAWRENCE TIMMONS leads team with 99 tackles. LB JASON WORILDS has 2.5 sacks in past 3, incl. 1 vs. NO…BENGALS: Are 13-1-1 in past 15 reg.-sea. home games. Have won 5 of past 6 overall…In past 15 at home, QB ANDY DALTON has passed for 3,471 yards with 26 TDs. Has 38-21-1 (.642) record, highest win pct. of any QB in club history (min. 20 starts)…In 4 career home starts, RB GIOVANI BERNARD has 427 scrimmage yards (319 rush, 108 rec.) & 5 rush TDs. In past 5, RB JEREMY HILL (Round 2, No. 55 overall) has rushed for 488 yards on 94 att. (5.2 avg.) with 3 TDs. Leads NFL rookies in rush yards (683) & ranks 2nd in rush TDs (6)…WR A.J. GREEN has 4 TDs in past 6, incl. 13-yarder last week. Has 19 career 100-yard games, tied with CARL PICKENS for 3rd-most in club history. Since entering NFL in 2011, has 4,519 rec. yards, 3rd-most in AFC…Since 2012, GENO ATKINS has 20.5 sacks, tied for 2nd among AFC DTs. LB EMMANUEL LAMUR leads team with 83 tackles. CB TERENCE NEWMAN posted 1st INT of season vs. TB.