The Cleveland Browns could not find a way to stop the Cincinnati Bengals from getting explosive offensive plays, and it came back to haunt them in the form of a 31-17 loss at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Factoring in Cincinnati’s three longest touchdowns, 48- and 44-yard passing scores from quarterback Andy Dalton to wide receivers A.J. Green and Brandon LaFell, and a 74-yard sprint from running back Jeremy Hill, as well as another 48-yard grab by Green and 40-yard gallop from Hill, those five plays accounted for 254 yards, or 45.4 percent of the Bengals’ offense against the Browns.

Although the Browns had 21- and 28-yard runs and seven pass catchers each have at least a 10-yard reception, they could not match the Bengals, who rushed for 271 yards, one of the top 10 running performances in franchise history, and totaled 559 against Cleveland’s defense.

With the loss to the Bengals, the Browns dropped to 0-7 under first-year head coach Hue Jackson and remain the only winless team in the National Football League.

During the first half, the Browns lost quarterback Cody Kessler to a concussion after he went 9 for 11 with 82 yards passing against the Bengals. In his place, backup signal-caller Kevin Hogan completed 12 of his 24 throws for 100 yards with two interceptions.

Already in the game on multiple occasions to run out of the shotgun formation, Hogan accounted for a team-best 104 yards and a 28-yard touchdown on just seven carries against the Bengals. Hogan’s 104 rushing yards were the second-most in a single game by a quarterback in Browns history.


The Cincinnati Bengals built their lead over the Cleveland Browns to 14 points, 31-17, with 4:19 to play in the third quarter when kicker Mike Nugent converted a 36-yard field goal.

On the first play of the drive, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw a pass deep down the right side of the field for wide receiver A.J. Green, and the veteran Pro Bowl pass catcher hauled in the reception with just one hand for a gain of 48 yards.

The Dalton-to-Green combination moved the ball from Cincinnati’s 16-yard line to the Browns’ 36.


Although quarterback Kevin Hogan’s touchdown run drew the Cleveland Browns to within four points early in the second half, the Cincinnati Bengals had a response, and it was a quick one.

On the second play of the ensuing drive, running back Jeremy Hill took the handoff from quarterback Andy Dalton, ran around right tackle Eric Winston and sprinted 74 yards for a touchdown that extended Cincinnati’s lead back to 11 points, 28-17, with 9:47 to play in the third quarter.

Despite dealing with a shoulder injury, Hill eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the touchdown run.


The Cleveland Browns began the third quarter knowing that starting quarterback Cody Kessler would not return to the game because of a concussion suffered in the first half, but backup signal-caller Kevin Hogan made the most of his first extended time running the offense.

Facing heavy pressure on first-and-10 from Cincinnati’s 28-yard line, Hogan scrambled to his left, cut back across the field and fought his way through a Bengals tackle at the goal line for a touchdown, his first score in the National Football League.

Hogan’s first touchdown drew the Browns to within four points of the Bengals, 21-17, with 10:43 to play in the third quarter.


The Cincinnati Bengals struggled with clock management at the end of the first half, but with a wide receiver like A.J. Green, sometimes, that does not matter.

On the final play of the first half, quarterback Andy Dalton lofted a Hail Mary pass into the end zone, where Green tipped it to himself and made a one-handed catch off the deflection for a touchdown despite having three Cleveland Browns defenders pulling him down to the field in an effort to separate him from the ball.

Green’s touchdown catch gave the Bengals a 21-10 lead over the Browns heading into the locker room at halftime.


The Cincinnati Bengals answered the Cleveland Browns’ first touchdown of the game with one of their own on a 44-yard pass from quarterback Andy Dalton to wide receiver Brandon LaFell with 4:09 to play in the first half from Paul Brown Stadium.

The 44-yard scoring strike gave the Bengals a 14-10 lead over the Browns and capped off a five-play, 80-yard drive that took barely over two minutes off the clock.

Prior to the touchdown pass, Dalton completed a 21-yard pass to LaFell that moved the ball from Cincinnati’s 35-yard line to Cleveland’s 44. A challenge from the Browns did not reveal a loss of possession, and the play stood as called.


The Cleveland Browns took a 10-7 lead over the Cincinnati Bengals when Isaiah Crowell’s one-yard touchdown run with 6:20 to play in the first half from Paul Brown Stadium punctuated a nine-play, 70-yard drive.

On the first play of the drive, backup quarterback Kevin Hogan ran for a 15-yard gain, and then, mirrored that with another 15-yard burst around right end just two plays later.

After center Cameron Erving’s holding penalty negated a 10-yard run from Crowell, quarterback Cody Kessler delivered a 21-yard pass to fullback Malcolm Johnson, and Crowell followed that up with a 12-yard run down to Cincinnati’s 13-yard line.

Facing a second-and-13 from Cincinnati’s 16-yard line, Kessler stood in the pocket and shoveled a pass to tight end Gary Barnidge. Barnidge made a one-handed catch for an 11-yard gain, but Kessler was hit twice on the play and got sent off the field by the referee. Kessler was taken to the locker room for a concussion evaluation and Hogan took over the quarterbacking duties.


Kicker Cody Parkey got the Cleveland Browns on the scoreboard against the Cincinnati Bengals when he converted a 28-yard field goal attempt.

Parkey’s field goal finished off a 10-play, 60-yard drive for the Browns, and also, cut the Bengals’ lead down to four points, 7-3, with 13:26 to play in the first half from Paul Brown Stadium.

Although the Browns could not get into the end zone, they got several chunk plays on the drive, as running back Isaiah Crowell sprinted behind rookie left guard Spencer Drango for a 21-yard gain on the first snap of the drive. On the next play, Crowell hauled in a 10-yard throw from quarterback Cody Kessler.

Three plays later, the Browns faced a third-and-11, but Kessler withstood the pressure from the Bengals’ defensive front and floated a pass over the middle of the field to running back Duke Johnson Jr. The second-year rusher scooted his way up the field for the first down.

On the final play of the first quarter, Kessler found wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. for a 13-yard gain.


The Cincinnati Bengals did not waste any time in getting a lead against the Cleveland Browns in the 86th Battle of Ohio from Paul Brown Stadium.

After leading for less than two minutes over the last two games, the Bengals marched down the field 75 yards in seven plays, and running back Giovani Bernard punctuated the scoring drive with a five-yard touchdown run on first-and-goal.

Following Mike Nugent’s point after touchdown, the Bengals took a 7-0 lead over the Browns with 12:10 to play in the first quarter.

Although Bernard did the scoring, the combination of running back Jeremy Hill and wide receiver A.J. Green did the bulk of the work on the drive. Hill ran twice for 49 yards, including a 40-yard gallop. Also, he caught a 13-yard pass out of the backfield.

Green was on the receiving end of two Andy Dalton passes and turned them into 18 yards, with a 12-yard reception.


The 86th Battle of Ohio between the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns is set to be played at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Bengals at 2-4 on the season after a two-game losing streak, and the Browns are looking for their first win under the direction of head coach Hue Jackson, who will be coaching against his good friend, Marvin Lewis. Jackson spent seven seasons as an assistant coach for Lewis and the Bengals.