Cleveland Browns, Baker Mayfield make quick work of Bengals: Game grades

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Tell me you aren’t glad Hue Jackson is on the Bengals sideline. I sat there in disbelief. The Cincinnati Bengals were doing their best impression of the Jackson-led Browns.

All of a sudden, the Bengals were making stupid mistakes, and committing costly penalties (defensive holding anyone).

Cleveland had seven penalties, but the Bengals had 13. Poor discipline just follows Hue everywhere!

Give Browns’ coaches credit for being prepared. The team looked like they were ready for a brawl coming out of the national anthem, and that carried into the opening quarter.

The offense was on point, and the Browns scored the most first half points (28) since the Bill Bellichick led Browns hung up 31 in a half during the 1991 campaign.

Interim coach Gregg Williams and offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens must learn not to play it so close to the vest, though.

You just can’t take off the entire second half. A better opposing quarterback may have had the Browns really sweating. Cleveland got lucky here.

It’s said that GM John Dorsey was very pleased with how things transpired from his view in the press box.

Will Williams and Kitchens have jobs with the Browns next year? Who knows. They still have a mountain to climb with five games to play.

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But they’re starting to work their way into the conversation.

Grade: A