In a surprise to many, following the Bengals defeating the Green Bay Packers last week, the Cleveland Browns defeated the Bengals in Cleveland today. The Browns limited the Bengals defensively and made just enough plays on offense to pull out the victory. The Browns were without 2 of their pass rushers, injured Jabaal Sheard and Quentin Groves, but put pressure on Andy Dalton, keeping him from hitting any down the field throws with only 2 receptions over 20 yards all game.
The Browns were led offensively by the 3 stars from last week: Brian Hoyer, Jordan Cameron and Josh Gordon. Hoyer’s offense struggled in the middle of the game but after a touchdown on their second drive of the game. Two missed field goals, 1 blocked, kept the game close throughout. Kicker Billy Cundiff was able to hit on a 51 yard field goal in the third quarter.
Hoyer got his offense moving in the fourth quarter leading the team on a 12 play 91 yard touchdown drive, including solid running by Willis McGahee. A 1 yard touchdown pass to FB Chris Ogbonnaya with a little less then 5 minutes left to play created the needed space, and final score. The Bengals were unable to answer as veteran leader D’Qwell Jackson broke up a pass to Tyler Eifert that Buster Skrine picked off.
Following a Ravens loss the Browns are in a 3 way tie with the Ravens and Bengals for first in the AFC North. The Steelers are 0-4!
Stay tuned for more coverage of the big win and the Indians playoff push.