While neither the Browns or Bengals had much to play for at Browns Stadium on Sunday, the two teams took the field to fight not only each other, but also the elements. With temps below zero with the wind chill during the game, the Bengals seemed to handle the cold better, topping Cleveland 14-0 to move to 3-11-1, dropping the Browns to 4-11, losers of now five straight and seven of their last eight.
The only two scores of the game came in the first half, as the Bengals Leon Hall made a break on a bad ball by Browns QB Ken Dorsey, stepped in front of Braylon Edwards and picked it off, taking it to the house 50 yards for a score that made it 7-0. The Bengals then put together a solid drive in the second quarter, going 90 yards in 15 plays taking 8:36 off the clock, ending the drive with Ryan Fitzpatrick for a 20-yard score to make it 14-0.
The Browns were awful once again on offense, and have now gone without an offensive touchdown in five games. They put up just 182 yards of offense, 12 first downs, and starting QB Ken Dorsey was 10-for-17 for 68 yards with three picks and a QB rating of 28.2. The team also threw in recent pickup Bruce Gradkowski, and was went 2-for-5 for 8 yards with a pick.
The Cleveland run game was led by Jamal Lewis, who ran for 76 yards on 16 carries, and he passed the 20,000 yard mark for a career. Lewis though was no match for the Bengals Cedric Benson, who had a monster day, setting career highs across the board with 38 carries for 171 yards. He broke a 46-yard run early, but controlled the day and wore down the Browns weak run defense.
Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t throw much for the Bengals, and didn’t have to. He was just 5-for-9 for 55 yards with a TD and a QB rating of 110.9. The big news was that he mistake free, and never gave the Browns any free shots to get into the game. The best shot for the Browns was when they reached the Bengals 43, but then threw a pick, ending any real shot to score.
For the Browns, they will play at Pittsburgh in what will likely be the final game for head coach Romeo Crennel next week. The Bengals will look to end the year on a three-game winning streak, as they take on the Chiefs at home next Sunday.