CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns have a dominant defense and a couple Nick Sup Touchdown run in 32-13 win over Cincinnati Bengals — injured wide receiver Jammer Chase — “Monday Night Football” in Cleveland.
On Halloween night, the Browns finally came alive.
Cleveland buried the Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow En route to a dominating win, it pushed its worst season by a week to one.
The Bengals entered “Monday Night Football” having scored in 41 consecutive halves. But a surging Browns defense broke the streak, holding Cincinnati scoreless in the first half. The Bengals’ defense hasn’t allowed a touchdown in the second half all season. But Cleveland scored touchdowns on its first two drives.
The Browns (3-5) still have work to do to get back into the AFC playoff picture. But this win means their season is far from dead.
Shop at Breakout Performance: The Browns entered the week ranked 30th in defensive efficiency. But after a promising performance last weekend in a loss to Baltimore, Cleveland’s defense finally lived up to its preseason expectations. Talent has never been an issue. The Browns may have exhibited the chemistry and cohesion that was missing.
Eye-popping Next Generation Statistics: Browns QB Jacoby Brissett Averaged 3.24 seconds to throw a pass. As a result, he completed 17 of 22 passes for 278 yards, including 259 passing yards when given at least 2.5 seconds to throw.
Bold prediction for next week: Trade rumors will run again a week later Kareem WadeThe Browns won’t deal him before Tuesday’s trade deadline. A loss Monday could have prompted Cleveland to trade Hunt, who is in the final year of his contract, for a late-round pick. The way Cleveland’s offense clicked with Hunt playing a significant role in the win against the Bengals should be enough to convince the Browns to ride with him for the rest of the season. — Jack Trotter
An underrated statistic to know: with Miles GarrettHe became the first Browns player with at least 65 sacks in a first half since the statistic was made official in 1982.
Next game: at Dolphins (1 p.m. ET, Nov. 13)
With the Bengals locked in a tight battle with the Baltimore Ravens in the race for the AFC North, a loss to the Browns is going to hurt Cincinnati’s chances of repeating as division champions. Cincinnati (4-4) was undefeated and was pushed to a loss that didn’t feel nearly as close as the final score suggested.
Last season, the Bengals went 4-2 over Baltimore and Pittsburgh in AFC North play. A fifth straight loss to Cleveland in the series between the teams reduces Cincinnati’s margin of error for the rest of the season.
Describe the game in two words: Horrible scene. Cincinnati’s night started poorly, unraveling throughout the game and the Bengals never really competing against a struggling Cleveland team.
QB Breakdown: Without Chase, Cincinnati’s offense resembled the unit that struggled early in the season. Unlike last week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, the Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow Limited in downstream production. Fifteen of Burrow’s first 21 attempts went for 10 air yards or less, according to NFL NextGen Stats. With the game tied, Burrow took a few downfield shots. But whether it was because of Chase’s absence or for some other reason, Burrow and the offense didn’t have it.
Main play: Once again, Garrett caused problems for Cincinnati. On the Bengals’ first drive of the game, things looked promising until Garrett pulled away from the line of scrimmage and threw a Burrow pass in the air. Browns cornerback AJ Green III intercepted the deflection. From there, the Bengals were playing on the back foot and ultimately never recovered.
A hole in the game plan: For all the talk of Cleveland’s rushing attack, it was backup quarterback Brissett who torched Cincinnati’s defense through the air. At one point, the Browns averaged 9.2 yards per pass attempt. Cincinnati’s efforts took a big hit at cornerback Sidope Aussie He left the game at the end of the first half with a right knee injury. newcomer Cam Taylor-BrittThe team’s second-round pick this year made his first NFL start against Awuzie. — Ben Baby
An underrated statistic to know: Burrow has thrown an interception on each of his last three starts against the Browns.
Next game: vs. Panthers (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)
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