The Cleveland Browns appeared to have found their franchise running back, but what they needed Sunday was a couple defensive backs, as they fell for the second straight week.
The Cincinnati Bengals took advantage of a missing Joe Haden, picking on the Browns secondary all day in putting up 34 points in a 34-27 victory.
The win puts the Bengals at 1-1 on the year, dropping Cleveland to 0-2 after a one-point loss at home last week to the Eagles.
Andy Dalton was 24 of 31 for 318 yards with three touchdowns. The Browns D got to him for six sacks and an interception, but the Bengals signal caller challenged the Browns all day, and it worked.
The Bengals started fast, with Adam “Pacman” Jones running back a punt 81 yards early in the game to give the Bengals a 7-0 lead. It was the fifth career punt return for Jones for a score.
A.J. Green had a 10-yard score for the Bengals, and Brandon Tate chipped in with a 44-yard TD. The clincher was a short pass that Andrew Hawkins turned into a 50-yard score in the fourth quarter.
The Browns hung in with an offense that looked night and day better than a week ago when they managed just three field goals.
Trent Richardson had the breakout game Browns fans had been waiting for, as he became the first Browns rookie to run for 100 yards and score on a run and a pass.
He ran for 109 yards and had a touchdown on a pass that put the Browns within four at 14-10 in the second quarter.
Brandon Weeden completed 26 of 37 for 322 yards with two touchdowns, no interceptions and two sacks for a passer rating of 114.9.
The Bengals have won 13 of the past 16 against the Browns.