CLEVELAND (WJW) – The Cleveland Browns (5-7) faced the Cincinnati Bengals (8-4) Sunday in an AFC North showdown.
Both teams came off a win, but the Bengals are now rolling off a streak of five in the win column.
To start things off, there was no scoring being done by either team through the entire first quarter. Both teams made some big mistakes and offenses were not able to get anything done.
Finally, at about minute 9:43 in the second quarter, the Bengals’ Joe Burrow was able to make a touchdown happen for his team. With a good kick, the score moved to 7-0.
The Browns finally got on the scoreboard with a good field goal from Cade York, and the score moved to 7-3.
The Bengals and Burrow were able to answer with a touchdown right before halftime, but they did not get the extra point with a missed kick. The score then moved to 13-3 and stayed there going into the half despite a last-second Browns attempt.
The Bengals in the third quarter pushed the lead farther with a 45-yard pass to Trenton Irwin, making it 20-3 Bengals.
Then came Watson’s first score back with the Browns. With about two minutes in the quarter, he hit a 13-yard pass to tight end David Njoku, who brought it in for a touchdown. With the extra point in, the score became 20-10 Bengals.
Early in the fourth quarter, Bengals kicker Evan McPherson had a 30-yard field goal, putting the Bengals up 23-10.
The Browns’ next drive, Watson’s pass was intercepted by safety Jessie Bates.
The Browns responded in-kind when Joe Burrow’s pass was picked off by linebacker Deion Jones on the Bengals following drive.
The Browns’ next two drives saw turnovers on downs. At the two-minute mark, the Bengals had the ball at Cleveland’s 49-yard line. The Bengals ran out the clock, winning with a 23-10 final score.
#Browns’ (5-8) 2-game win streak is over.— John Sabol (@John_Sabol) December 11, 2022
So is Joe Burrow’s 4-game losing streak vs. CLE. First win in his career against the Brownies, 23-10.
Watson still showing rust.
Penalties killed CLE – 9 for 98 yards.
4 games left. Watson’s home debut is next Sunday vs BAL@fox8news
Prior to the matchup, WR Amari Cooper was ruled questionable with a hip injury he suffered in practice on Thursday.
“Didn’t feel like he was able to go today,” head coach Kevin Stefanski said. “We have to take this over the next couple days and see where it lands.”
TE David Njoku returned after missing last week with a knee injury.
It was week 2 for QB Deshaun Watson, it’s just week 2, who looked to shake off more of the rust from having 700 days off and an 11-game suspension.
“Just mind, body and everything — get my conditioning going, wearing pads, running and being able to move — because in practice and training camp, I didn’t really scramble much,” Watson said this week. “In the live action, being able to have the scramble, come back and do another play, call the play in the huddle, operate and sometimes hand it off and sometimes do a pass play, I have to make sure that my conditioning is up. Any way I can just try to improve that, that’s what I’m going to do.”
He had a chance to show his progress against a division rival.
Watson will make his Cleveland debut in Week 15 when the Browns host another AFC North foe, the Baltimore Ravens.