Who caught your eye? Did someone stand out? Who blew it? That’s what were interested in this morning. Winners and losers.
The Browns are tied atop the AFC North. Sure it’s only been four games, but we need to take the small victories where we can get them.
Heck of a performance by the defense. Game balls all around.
WINNER: Joe Haden. Haden shut down all-everything receiver A.J. Green. Green finished the game with seven catches for 51 yards but had a flourish at the end of the game to get there. The game film will eventually show that Haden probably didn’t give up half those yards to Green. That’s what a shutdown corner does. That’s what Haden is.
WINNER: Jordan Cameron. For a good chunk of the second half, it felt like 4 and 5 yard passes to Cameron over the middle were replacing our running game. Cameron took a beating in this one, but held on to the football and continued his incredible string to start the season.
With Cameron’s fifth touchdown catch of the season, he’s already in rare company. The only Browns tight ends to haul in five TDs are Cameron, Winslow and Ozzie Newsome who did it three times.
WINNER: Barkevious Mingo. Mingo played very well in his first start, and the most action he’s seen since back at LSU. He had a sack, a couple of tackles for loss as well as a couple of passes batted down or tipped. He wasn’t perfect. There were a couple times against the run that the Bengals got to the edge against him, but a pretty impressive first start.
LOSER: The running game. The Browns finally got some production from the running game on the long touchdown drive, but it was pretty ugly before that drive. They finished the game with 89 yards rushing on 30 carries. 35 of those yards came on 7 carries in that game clinching drive.
Really there were no big losers in this game. Unless you are a Bengal.