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3 Things About the Browns: Stephanie Haney, Jim Donovan chat about Sunday's blowout win over the Cincinnati Bengals

Following a week of distractions, Cleveland played a 'complete game,' and may have rescued its season in the process

CLEVELAND — You couldn't have scripted it any better.

The Browns are riding high following a 41-16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday. Following a week of distractions, Cleveland played a "complete game" and may have rescued its season in the process.

As we do every week, it's time to discuss the big headlines surrounding the team in "3 Things About the Browns." 3News sports anchor and "Voice of the Browns" Jim Donovan is once again back with Stephanie Haney to recap the action and also look ahead to what's next.

Here's a rundown of what they talked about Monday:


The drama that eventually led to Odell Beckham Jr.'s release was top of mind throughout the previous week, but his absence certainly didn't slow the offense. Stephanie asks Jimmy: Are the Browns better off without OBJ?

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Welcome back, Nick Chubb!

The star running back hadn't been himself for a month after missing two games with an injury and later putting up a sub-par showing against the Steelers. However, he returned to his old form Sunday to rush for 137 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries, and Jimmy thinks the key to his success was a rejuvenated offensive line.

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Defense steps up

The Browns' defense has been an Achilles heal all season long, but on Sunday, they controlled the pace of the game with three takeaways, including a 99-yard touchdown for Denzel Ward on an interception return. Jimmy and Steph discuss what may have been the wakeup call for the unit.

WATCH: Denzel Ward's 99-yard interception return gives Browns early 7-0 lead over Bengals

On to New England

The Browns won't have much time to celebrate, for they have another big game against the Patriots coming up next weekend. Steph asks Jimmy about what adjustments they may have to make to get a win in Foxborough.

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