In what can be a theme of Bengals football over the years, not even decisive victories are routine. Such was the case with Sunday’s 41-20 victory over the Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. With forecasts before the game predicting inclement weather, not many figured that this would be an exhibition of offensive firepower. Neither quarterback was effective but Andy Dalton was slightly better than Jason Campbell. Dalton,who was 13 of 27 for 93 yards, threw three touchdowns but he also had two interceptions that led to 10 Cleveland points. A.J. Green was held to two catches for seven yards, ending his five-game run of 100-yard games. The teams were also a combined 5 of 31 on third downs. Cleveland outgained Cincinnati 330-225 and had the ball for 32 minutes but the Bengals got touchdowns from the defense and special teams, marking the first time since the Week 8 game at Seattle two years ago in which they got touchdowns from the offense, defense and special teams. Campbell threw a career-high 56 passes, completing 27 for 248 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. Cleveland had four turnovers. With the win, Cincinnati is 7-4 going into its bye week. Cleveland falls to 4-6. The Browns were up 3-0 in the first quarter when Dalton had back-to-back interceptions to Joe Haden. On the first one, Green went inside and Dalton threw it outside as Haden picked it off and returned it to the Bengals 14. That led to a Billy Cundiff 28-yard field goal. After the kickoff, Haden had a Pick Six as he jumped the route and returned it 28 yards for the score. It marked Dalton’s eighth interception in nine quarters and his second Pick Six in three games.
Bengals' big second quarter downs Browns, 41-20
Cincinnati Enquirer | Nov 18