That statement cannot be denied after the team ran over the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday at home, winning 23-20 for their first win of the 2010 season.
Peyton Hillis, barreling over Bengals, rushed for 102 yards and a score, and Phil Dawson kicked three field goals as the Browns won the first “Battle of Ohio” in 2010.
Hillis, who ran for 144 yards last week in Baltimore in a loss, this time was the closer, going for a big run on the final possession as the Browns ran out the clock after the defense stuffed Carson Palmer and the Bengals on their final drive.
Bengals coach Marvin Lewis was irate over a defensive hold on DT Pat Simms that gave the Browns a first down to their own 17, and then Hillis finished the game with a 24-yard run with 2:46 left and the Bengals sitting with no timeouts to close out the win.
The Browns had a 10-0 lead, after a Phil Dawson field goal and a TD from Seneca Wallace to TE Evan Moore of 24 yards early in the second quarter, but the Bengals rallied.
They got a short field goal from Mike Nugent, then Browns CB Sheldon Brown fell down, allowing Terrell Owens to pull in a 78-yard TD to tie the game up with 3:30 left in the first half.
Dawson kicked a 31-yard field goal on the last play of the half to make it 13-10, then a Hillis TD at the 8:54 mark of the third quarter made it 20-10.
After another Dawson field goal made it 23-10, the Bengals scored 10 points, but were unable to convert on their last drive enough to even attempt a game-tying field goal.
Wallace was 18-for-30 for 184 yards with a TD and a pick, and Ben Watson had 6 grabs for 60 yards. Carson Palmer was 25-for-36 for 371 yards with two TD’s for the Bengals in the loss.
The Browns rushed for 116 yards, with Hillis going over the 100-yard mark for the second straight week. The Browns will look for their second win at home next week vs Atlanta.