Last December Eric Mangini won four games to save his job. This December he may just have lost to another two win team to lose it.
Playing a Bengals team that hasn’t won a game since September 26th, the Bengals had lost 10 in a row before being able to run all day on the Browns, pulling out a 19-17 win.
The loss puts the Browns at 5-9, and puts quite a bit more heat on Mangini, as it was reported this past week that he needed to win two of his last three games to keep his job in 2011.
If that is true, then he will need to beat the two best teams in the division the next two weeks, the Ravens and Steelers. Maybe the only thing going is both games are at home, and based on the Steelers next two games, there’s a chance they might not need to play for anything in that final game.
Nevertheless, a loss to the Bengals has got to be perceived as a rather big step backwards for a team that beat the Saints and Patriots at points in the season.
The Bengals had a great day on the ground, as Cedric Benson ran for 135 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries, and overall Cincy outgained the Browns 385 yards to 190.
Colt McCoy, playing for the first time since the Jacksonville loss, played hard, but overall the offense didn’t do near enough to get a win. McCoy was 19-for-23 or 243 yards with two touchdowns and a QB rating of 130.
Peyton Hillis was again held in check, rushing for just 59 yards on 14 carries, a 4.2 yards per carry average, and a long of 18 yards. Brian Robiskie and Robert Royal each caught TD passes in defeat.
Carson Palmer threw for 209 yards on 14-of-23 completions for Cincinnati. Clint Stitser kicked four field goals and Andre Caldwell caught four passes for 89 yards in the victory.
The Browns have dropped four of their last six, and now will limp home for their final two games against division rivals Baltimore and Pittsburgh.