It was a game in which in which there were more problems with the Cincinnati Bengals then there were successes. That’s normally not a formula to win a football game. In fact, when you have a bet with someone mid-game on whether or not the Bengals will score a touchdown against their division rivals, something’s very wrong.
The Cleveland defense stepped up in a big way against their in-state opponent, but it was the fact that Cincinnati’s offense couldn’t generate anything. Green was ineffective. The running game was non-existent. The Bengals committed two turnovers. And the score, overall, doesn’t reflect just how badly Cincinnati played in this game.
An injured secondary had trouble slowing Brian Hoyer, let alone stopping him in his first home start with the Browns. Brandon Weeden watched from the sideline with an injured right thumb.
Gresham was perhaps the lone highlight for the Bengals, as he had two great catches over the middle of the field. He went to the sideline after taking a shot that knocked the ball loose from his hands on a high throw by Dalton.
Bernard showed a few spurts in the ground game, coinciding with the Law Firm’s inability to run farther than the line of scrimmage.
Even as time wound down in the fourth quarter, Dalton seemed content with short passes. He played the entire game under pressure and was repeatedly forced out of the pocket. The amount of throws out of bounds became hard to count.
He finished the game 23-for-42, and 206 yards. He also threw an interception.
The final score: Cleveland 17, Cincinnati 6. The Browns take the first game in the battle of Ohio.