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Box Score: Browns 27, Bengals 34

Incredible improvements were on display Sunday in Cincinnati for the Browns offense. Trent Richardson put up monster numbers and Cleveland scored more points than all but one of their 2011 games.

Yet, the Bengals were in control throughout and led coast to coast. The Browns secondary looked suspect at best without Joe Haden and the solid second-half offense was just too little too late. In the meanwhile, Brandon Weeden set a franchise rookie passing record with 322 yards in a single game.

Scoring Summary

1st QuarterCLE – CIN
13:13 Cincinnati BengalsCIN TD Reggie Hodges punt. Adam Jones returned punt for 81 yards (Mike Nugent made PAT) 0 – 7
9:01 Cleveland BrownsCLE FG Phil Dawson kicked a 50-yard field goal 3 – 7
2nd QuarterCLE – CIN
10:27 Cincinnati BengalsCIN TD Andy Dalton passed to A.J. Green to the right for 10 yard gain (Mike Nugent made PAT) 3 – 14
8:05 Cleveland BrownsCLE TD Trent Richardson rushed to the right for 32 yard gain (Phil Dawsonmade PAT) 10 – 14
4:45 Cincinnati BengalsCIN FG Mike Nugent kicked a 39-yard field goal 10 – 17
3rd QuarterCLE – CIN
11:58 Cincinnati BengalsCIN TD Andy Dalton passed to Brandon Tate to the right for 44 yard gain (Mike Nugent made PAT) 10 – 24
0:07 Cleveland BrownsCLE TD Brandon Weeden passed to Trent Richardson to the left for 23 yard gain (Phil Dawson made PAT) 17 – 24
4th QuarterCLE – CIN
10:44 Cincinnati BengalsCIN TD Andy Dalton passed to Andrew Hawkins to the right for 50 yard gain (Mike Nugent made PAT) 17 – 31
7:11 Cleveland BrownsCLE TD Brandon Weeden passed to Greg Little down the middle for 24 yard gain (Phil Dawson made PAT) 24 – 31
2:09 Cincinnati BengalsCIN FG Mike Nugent kicked a 37-yard field goal 24 – 34
0:20 Cleveland BrownsCLE FG Phil Dawson kicked a 25-yard field goal 27 – 34

Passing

Cleveland Browns Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating
Brandon Weeden(notes) 26 37 322 70.3 8.7 2 13 2 0 114.9
Cincinnati Bengals Comp Att Yds Pct Y/A Sack YdsL TD Int Rating
Andy Dalton(notes) 24 31 318 77.4 10.3 6 23 3 1 128.2

Rushing

Cleveland Browns Rush Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Trent Richardson(notes) 19 109 5.7 32 1 0
Travis Benjamin(notes) 2 15 7.5 13 0 0
Brandon Weeden(notes) 2 6 3.0 4 0 0
Cincinnati Bengals Rush Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
BenJarvus Green-Ellis(notes) 21 75 3.6 19 0 0
Andy Dalton(notes) 3 4 1.3 3 0 0
Cedric Peerman(notes) 1 1 1.0 1 0 0

Receiving

Cleveland Browns Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Mohamed Massaquoi(notes) 5 90 18.0 22 0 0
Chris Ogbonnaya(notes) 6 73 12.2 21 0 1
Greg Little(notes) 5 57 11.4 24 1 0
Trent Richardson(notes) 4 36 9.0 23 1 0
Alex Smith(notes) 3 30 10.0 17 0 0
Benjamin Watson(notes) 1 27 27.0 27 0 0
Josh Gordon(notes) 1 5 5.0 5 0 0
Joshua Cribbs(notes) 1 4 4.0 4 0 0
Cincinnati Bengals Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FumL
Brandon Tate(notes) 3 71 23.7 44 1 0
Armon Binns(notes) 5 66 13.2 20 0 0
A.J. Green(notes) 7 58 8.3 12 1 0
Andrew Hawkins(notes) 2 56 28.0 50 1 0
Jermaine Gresham(notes) 4 37 9.3 22 0 0
BenJarvus Green-Ellis(notes) 3 30 10.0 12 0 0

Kicking

Cleveland Browns XPM XPA FGM FGA Lng Pct Pts
Phil Dawson(notes) 3 3 2 2 50 100.0 9
Cincinnati Bengals XPM XPA FGM FGA Lng Pct Pts
Mike Nugent(notes) 4 4 2 2 39 100.0 10

Punting

Cleveland Browns Punt Avg Blk In20 TB
Reggie Hodges(notes) 4 46.5 0 0 0
Cincinnati Bengals Punt Avg Blk In20 TB
Kevin Huber(notes) 3 42.0 0 3 0

  • zonk

    For Weeden, 88 of those 322 yards came at a point when the Browns were in a position to tie the game or take the lead. So 73% of the yards that Weeden threw for were at a point when the Browns were down by at least 2 scores and at least, for me, minimizes any sort of “record setting” performance.

  • I didn’t expect a win, given the shape the defense is in. I also didn’t expect such improvements from the offense, so all in all I’m pretty happy.

  • TSR3000

    That is the most annoying comment ever.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Sorry, but that’s just plain absurd… the Bengals weren’t playing a prevent defense at any point until possibly our last drive (but even then, I didn’t see it). They weren’t trying any less to stop the pass just because they were up by over a TD.

  • Wow

    Yeah he was trying to make a comeback, if anything it’s more impressive when your down in a game.

  • Toddyus

    The minute I heard Weeden’s performance was a rookie record, I knew someone would make this comment here… *sigh*

  • Jaker

    “Zonk”? More like… “poopface”…. Hahahahaha, GOT HIM!