The last time the Bengals played the Browns, they were taken to overtime. Sunday in Cincy, the fight was there again, but this time the Bengals made sure to put the Browns away before the end of four quarters, walking away with a 16-7 win. The Bengals controlled the day with a punshing ground game led by both Bernard Scott and Larry Johnson.
The Cincy run game of Scott and Johnosn put up 194 yards, the team total had 210 yards on the ground. Johnson, who has only been with the Bengals for two weeks, ran for 107 yards, Scott went for 87. The win means that the now 8-3 Bengals are 6-0 in the AFC North for the first time in franchise history. “This team should be proud of it. No question,” Carson Palmer said. “But it’s only a small step on what we have left to accomplish.”
The Browns made it somewhat of a game with a drive to close within 13-7 in the third quarter. It was an 8-play, 55-yard drive that eneded with QB Brady Quinn going in from 9 yards out for his first career rushing TD. It was as close as the Browns would get all day, and about the only Browns highlight on offense.
Cincy had the ball for 38:11, and Quinn was just 15-of-34 for 100 yards and a QB rating of 51.3. The Browns did employ some trickery, as Josh Cribbs threw a pass to Quinn for 18 yards, but it was simply not enough against a good Bengals D. The Browns D held their own for most of the day, as Cincy led just 3-0 till just before the one minute mark of the second quarter.
That was when the Bengals drove down and Palmer rolled to his right and found J.P. Foschi from 4 yards. The TD occurred with 1:10 remaining in the half. Then after the Browns went 3-and-out, a horse collar on Shaun Rogers gave Shayne Graham a shot from 53 yards out on the last play of the half to make it 13-0 Bengals.
Cleveland on the day had the ball for just 21:49, and they also had just 169 yards of offense, 11 first downs, and were 4-for-14 on third downs. The Bengals put up 306 yards of offense, and were 8-for-17 on third downs. They had 21 first downs. They will take on the two-win Lions at home next week.
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