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Watson Leads the Way as Bengals Beat Browns 19-14

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The Bengals were bent all week on not seeing the Browns celebrate in their locker room the celebration of them going to the playoffs. Sunday, they did everything they could to make sure it wouldn’t happen – and for one week – it won’t. Led by 130 yards from Kenny Watson, and four picks from the defense, the Bengals handed the Browns a huge loss, topping them 19-14 at Paul Brown Stadium. A win and the Browns were in, and now, they will have to wait another week to try and reach the playoffs for the first time since 2003. The Bengals built a 19-0 lead at the half and then held off a furious Cleveland rally. The win improves the Bengals to 6-9.

The Browns was hurt all day by the poor play of QB Derek Anderson, who threw a season high four interceptions, two of which came on back to back plays that led to two Bengals TD’s late in the first half. A third pick came in the end zone when he tried to foce the ball in to tight end Kellen Winslow midway through the third quarter. The fourth also came in Bengals territory, though didn’t hurt them all that much as Carson Palmer threw a pick on the next play and the Browns eventually scored to make it 19-14.

Cleveland outgained the Bengals 248 yards to 66 in the second half, but allowed Cincy to run down the clock and get some key third downs on their final offensive drive, that should have put the game away before Kenny Watson fumbled and Cleveland recovered. They took over with 1:48 left, and traveled down to the Bengals 29 before a final incomplete pass with :01 second left intended for Winslow ended the game.

Cincinnati was led by a running attack that didn’t have Rudi Johnson and killed the Browns all day. They used Watson to grind out 130 yards on 30 carries, and overall on the day the team gained 155 yards on 33 carries averaging 4.7 yards per carry. The wind was such that throwing was available, but not easy to do. Palmer went 11-for-21 for 115 yards and one TD and two INT’s. Anderson was 29-for-48 for 250 yards with two TD’s and four picks.

For the Bengals, it’s their sweetest win of what has been a tough 2007, they should be able to get to 7-9 next week as they take on the awful Dolphins in Miami at 1pm.

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