CINCINNATI (WJW) — The Cleveland Browns fell to the Cincinnati Bengals in the Battle of Ohio. (33-23)
The Browns (6-10) closed out the year by playing the Bengals who just won their second game of the season.
Cleveland scored a touchdown on the opening drive of Sunday’s game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. The team fed the ball to running back Nick Chubb setting up quarterback Baker Mayfield’s big play. He threw a 46-yard pass to wide receiver Damion Ratley for goal.
This was Ratley’s first touchdown in the pros. Plus, after this pass, Mayfield became the ninth player in NFL history to record at least 20 touchdown passes in each of his first two seasons.
The Bengals were quick to respond. Tight end C.J. Uzomah scored a touchdown on a 15-yard pass from quarterback Andy Dalton. The score was 7-7 at that point.
Cincinnati then took the lead when running back Joe Mixon rushed 3 yards for goal. However, the Bengals missed the extra point, making the score 13-7, where it remained for the rest of the first quarter.
The Bengals continued to increase their lead over the Browns with another successful touchdown early on in the second quarter. Dalton rushed 5 yards for goal. The score was 20-7.
Cleveland responded with a 42-yard field goal kicked by Austin Seibert, decreasing the Browns’ deficit some and making the score 20-10.
Then, the Browns scored their first touchdown of the second quarter. Mayfield threw a 56-yard pass to wide receiver Jarvis Landry for goal. Unfortunately, Seibert missed the extra point. Cleveland still trailed behind Cincinnati 20-16 at halftime.
Cincinnati was first to score in the second half of the game when placekicker Randy Bullock made a 47-yard field goal. The Bengals led the Browns 23-16 at the end of the third quarter.
At the start of the fourth, Joe Mixon had a 2-yard rush for the Bengals scoring the team’s 4th TD. (30-16)
Minutes later, the Browns announced a major feat by three of their players.
For the first time in the team’s history, two wide receivers and a running back eclipsed 1,000 yards in a single season.
They include Jarvis Landry, Odell Beckham Jr., and Nick Chubb.
Cincinnati will end the season with the year’s worst record, even though they beat the Browns on Sunday. They have already claimed the top pick in next year’s draft. There’s speculation the Bengals might pick Heisman winner Joe Burrow of LSU.
The Browns’ 6-10 record is a far cry from the playoff hopes so many people had for this team. Last week’s loss to the Ravens guaranteed Cleveland a losing season for a 12th straight year.
Of course, there is plenty of speculation about the future of Head Coach Freddie Kitchens. Kitchens previously said he has not asked for assurance that he will be back for a second season, saying he got assurance when he got hired.
After the game, he told reporters, “I’m going to to shop tomorrow and do my job.”
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