Second Half Dooms Browns Again In Loss To Bengals

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Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) dives with the ball as he is tackled by Cleveland Browns cornerback Pierre Desir (26) and inside linebacker Craig Robertson (53) in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals won 31-10. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

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Player of the Game: Tyler Eifert

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3 touchdowns tonight and 9 on the season for the Bengals’ tight end earns Eifert the honors. He badly beat Williams for his third touchdown on a post corner and ran through him on a route later in the game for a long gain.

Eifert, more so than Green, is the biggest match up problem for the Bengals offense right now.

Play of the Game: Eifert’s Third Touchdown

On a beautiful double move, Eifert made Williams look very, very bad. That catch gave Eifert 9 touchdowns on the season, the most for a Bengals tight end since 1969.

Under the Radar Player of the Game: The Bengals’ Secondary

As a unit, these guys kept Manziel from being able to make plays with his arm. When Manziel was able to get a good throw off, he rarely had an open target to throw to, as evidence by his 15-33 performance.

The Loss by the Numbers:

13: Total first downs by the Browns, with only two of them coming in the second half.

32: Total yards for the Browns in the second half; part of only 213 total yards on the night.

4-13: The Browns’ conversion rate on third down.

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23:57: The Browns’ time of possession compared to the Bengals’ 36:03.

41-0: That’s the score for the last two second halves for the Browns, including the 17-0 score tonight and 24-0 against Arizona. This shows that opposing coaches are making adjustments and Browns HC Mike Pettine’s group just doesn’t have any answers.