Cleveland Browns Dominate ‘Battle of Ohio’ Round 1

Browns End 25-Game Road Losing Streak


Damarious Randall talked the talk this week. The defensive back guaranteed the Cleveland Browns would beat the Cincinnati Bengals in round one in the ‘Battle of Ohio’ if A.J. Green is out.

Randall and the Browns walked the walk at Paul Brown Stadium in the 35-20 victory. Cleveland snaps a 25-game road losing streak dating back to October 11, 2015. The Browns also snap a seven game losing streak to Cincinnati dating back to November 6, 2014. Cleveland’s last win streak also took place in November, 2014.

The Browns found the endzone on their first four offensive possessions in the first half.

Baker Mayfield tosses four touchdown passes on the day. He went 19 of 26 for 258 yards. Mayfield also didn’t turn the football over. The offensive line did their job as well. Mayfield has not been sacked for two straight games.

Mayfield led the Browns first touchdown drive on their opening possession in 13-games. Fellow rookie Nick Chubb would find the endzone from 1-yard out. Chubb finished with 84-yards rushing on 28 carries and that touchdown.

Mayfield’s other first half touchdown passes went to Antonio Callaway, 13-yards, David Njoku, six yards and Chubb, 25-yards.

The Bengals get on the scoreboard right before halftime. Andy Dalton would connect with John Ross on a two yard touchdown pass. Cleveland took a 28-7 lead into halftime.

Dalton would leave the game in the third quarter due to a thumb injury. Dalton finished ten of 17 for 100-yards with one touchdown and an interception.

The interception in the first half is the talk of social media. Randall recorded the pick. After the play ends, Randall gives the football to former head coach Hue Jackson. It didn’t sit well with the Bengals special assistant to head coach Marvin Lewis.

Cleveland finished their scoring off a Bengals turnover early in the third quarter. Mayfield would turn a Dalton fumble into a touchdown. Baker connects with Darren Fells on a six-yard pass.

Jeff Driskell would replace Dalton and lead the Bengals to a pair of touchdown drives. Driskell would cut the Browns lead to 35-14 with 4:56 remaining in the third quarter. Tyler Boyd would haul in a 28-yard touchdown catch.

Driskell would get the Bengals within two scores half way through the fourth quarter. He would call his own number for a two-yard touchdown run. The extra point would be missed off the left upright.

The Bengals were without Green for a third consecutive game. The all-pro wide receiver missed the game due to a toe injury.

Cleveland improves to 4-6-1 (2-1-1 in the AFC North.) Cincinnati drops to 5-6 (1-3 in the AFC North.)

The Browns continue their road trip in week 13. Cleveland takes on the Houston Texans. The Bengals host the Denver Broncos.

Scott Piker is the Cleveland BrownsCleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians Managing Editor for Full Press So follow him on twitter @ScottPikerSport


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