SCORE UPDATE: Bengals 24, Browns 34 (FINAL)
CLEVELAND — Eleven consecutive losses, a cornerback returns and a new leader with plenty of passion for the storied city and franchise set to be taken over.
These are just some of the headlines, as the Browns get ready to avenge a Week 2 loss, as Cincinnati comes to town.
It will be the end of an era Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
The “Battle of Ohio” tilt against the Bengals marks the final game of Randy Learner’s majority ownership role with the franchise.
Soon-to-be Browns boss Jimmy Haslam should be approved by the NFL on Tuesday to take over full operation of team and stadium.
The Browns (0-5) have not notched a victory since their 14-10 home win over the Jaguars on Nov. 20, 2011.
They are coming off another frustrating loss last week against the Giants.
After racing out to an early 14-0 lead, Eli Manning picked apart the depleted secondary en route to a 41-27 win.
Birthday boy Brandon Weeden, who turns 29 on Sunday, again showed flashes of brilliance, going 22-35 for 291 yards and two touchdown passes.
Unfortunately he showed signs of a rookie starting his fourth career game, throwing two critical interceptions, including one in the end zone.
Joe Haden returns to the lineup after serving a four-game suspension handed down by the NFL for illegal use of a banned substance.
He should be welcomed back with open arms; the Browns rank 25th in the league giving up 280 yards/game in the air.
He should be matched-up against rising superstar A.J. Green for the Bengals.
Green has a team high 36 catches for 493 yards and four touchdowns.
Cincinnati (3-2) is coming off a disappointing 17-13 home loss to Miami to end their three-game winning streak.
Quarterback Andy Dalton and the offensive struggled all day.
They were held to a season low in yards with 298, and committed three turnovers.
Dalton did have success against the Browns earlier this season.
He was 24 of 31 for 318 yards with three TDs in a 34-27 win over Cleveland in Week 2.
Cincinnati has won five of seven in Cleveland, including a 27-17 victory Sept. 11, 2011, that spoiled Pat Shurmur’s debut as Browns coach.
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