Bengals 23, Browns 20

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 27, 2011 – 9:16 pm

CINCINNATI — Mike Nugent’s 26-yard field goal with 38 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of play gave the Cincinnati Bengals a 23-20 victory over the Cleveland Browns Sunday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium.

It was Nugent’s second fourth-quarter field goal, as he was good from 40 yards at the 11-minute mark of the fourth quarter drew the Bengals even with the Browns at 20.

Earlier in the half, the Bengals used a quick-strike to answer Phil Dawson’s 54-yard field goal.

Tight end Jermaine Gresham caught his fifth touchdown of the season and drew the Bengals to within three points at 20-17 with 1:22 remaining in the third quarter from Paul Brown Stadium.

Dawson connected on his seventh field goal of at least 50 yards this season with less than five minutes remaining in the third. In doing so, Dawson extended the Cleveland Browns’ lead to 20-10 over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Dawson is now one field goal away from tying the NFL’s record for the most 50-yard field goals in a season, currently held by Morten Anderson and Jason Hanson.

The Bengals took the second half kickoff and marched 70 yards. Mike Nugent capped the 12-play drive with a 23-yard field goal. The Bengals trailed the Browns 17-10 with 8:51 remaining in the third quarter.

Greg Little came into Sunday’s game as the leader in receptions among all NFL rookies, but had yet to score a touchdown.

With seven seconds remaining in the first half of play from Paul Brown Stadium, Little’s touchdown drought came to an end when quarterback Colt McCoy hit him in the left back corner of the end zone for a three-yard score.

Little’s touchdown extended the Browns’ lead to 17-7 over the Cincinnati Bengals.

The short scoring drive was set up by a forced turnover.

On second-and-six from Cincinnati’s 27-yard line, Jabaal Sheard rushed around right tackle and stripped Andy Dalton of the football. Fellow defensive lineman Scott Paxson recovered the ball at Cincinnati’s 14-yard line.

Kicker Phil Dawson’s 32-yard field goal put the Cleveland Browns back in front of the Cincinnati Bengals at 10-7 with 9:20 remaining in the first half of play.

Dawson — who capped off a 15-play, 66-yard drive that took 6:01 off the clock — has converted 17 of 21 field goals this season.

The Browns and Bengals were tied at 7-7 after the first quarter of play.

Cedric Benson’s 16-yard touchdown run around left tackle and Mike Nugent’s subsequent extra point drew the Bengals even with the Browns at 7-7 with 21 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

The 90-second scoring drive lasted just three plays and covered 47 yards.

After Benson’s 33-yard run around left tackle, the Cincinnati Bengals had it first-and-goal from the Cleveland nine-yard line with 5:16 remaining in the first quarter.

However, the Browns defense held and the Bengals failed to score. The Browns remained in front of the Bengals, 7-0.

Passing up the opportunity to kick a field goal, the Bengals went for it on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line. Benson took Dalton’s handoff but was stopped at the line of scrimmage by linebacker Kaluka Maiava.

McCoy engineered a nine-play, 82-yard drive that was punctuated by his 24-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Norwood and gave the Cleveland Browns a 7-0 lead over the Cincinnati Bengals with 10:55 remaining in the first quarter.

On third-and-10 from Cincinnati’s 24-yard line, McCoy took the snap, looked to his left and fired the ball over the defender into Norwood’s hands. The score was Norwood’s first career receiving touchdown.

Earlier in the drive, McCoy and Norwood combined on a 36-yard pass play down the right sideline. McCoy went three of five for 68 yards on the drive.


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Bengals draw even with Browns

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 27, 2011 – 8:36 pm

CINCINNATI — Mike Nugent’s 40-yard field goal at the 11-minute mark of the fourth quarter drew the Cincinnati Bengals even with the Cleveland Browns at 20 inside Paul Brown Stadium.

Nugent’s kick capped off a nine-play, 32-yard drive.


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Browns lead after three

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 27, 2011 – 8:24 pm

CINCINNATI — The Browns enjoyed a 20-17 lead over the Cincinnati Bengals after three quarters of play from Paul Brown Stadium.

The Cincinnati Bengals used a quick-strike to answer Phil Dawson’s 54-yard field goal.

Tight end Jermaine Gresham caught his fifth touchdown of the season and drew the Bengals to within three points at 20-17 with 1:22 remaining in the third quarter.

Dawson connected on his seventh field goal of at least 50 yards this season with less than five minutes remaining in the third. In doing so, Dawson extended the Cleveland Browns’ lead to 20-10 over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Dawson is now one field goal away from tying the NFL’s record for the most 50-yard field goals in a season, currently held by Morten Anderson and Jason Hanson.

The Bengals took the second half kickoff and marched 70 yards. Mike Nugent capped the 12-play drive with a 23-yard field goal. The Bengals trailed the Browns 17-10 with 8:51 remaining in the third quarter.

Nugent is 19 of 20 on field goal attempts this season.


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Gresham answers with TD

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 27, 2011 – 8:17 pm

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Bengals used a quick-strike to answer Phil Dawson’s 54-yard field goal.

Tight end Jermaine Gresham caught his fifth touchdown of the season and drew the Bengals to within three points at 20-17 with 1:22 remaining in the third quarter from Paul Brown Stadium.


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Dawson nears record

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 27, 2011 – 8:14 pm

CINCINNATI — Phil Dawson connected on his seventh field goal of at least 50 yards this season with less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter of play from Paul Brown Stadium. In doing so, Dawson extended the Cleveland Browns’ lead to 20-10 over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Dawson is now one field goal away from tying the NFL’s record for the most 50-yard field goals in a season, currently held by Morten Anderson and Jason Hanson.


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Bengals cut into lead

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 27, 2011 – 8:01 pm

CINCINNATI — The Cincinnati Bengals took the second half kickoff and marched 70 yards. Mike Nugent capped the 12-play drive with a 23-yard field goal. The Bengals trailed the Browns 17-10 with 8:51 remaining in the third quarter of play from Paul Brown Stadium.

Nugent is 19 of 20 on field goal attempts this season.


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With Hillis in the lineup, Browns have more offensive options

Posted by Vic Carucci on November 27, 2011 – 7:42 pm

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

CINCINNATI — Here are some halftime thoughts of the Browns-Bengals game:

–The combination of a healthy Peyton Hillis and Chris Ogbonnaya in the backfield has clearly been a factor in allowing the Browns to hold a 17-7 halftime lead. The Browns have been able to mix things up nicely with play-calling and provide a nice alternation of Hillis’ power up the middle and Ogbonnaya’s speed outside.

–I like the authority with which Hillis has been running. He seems to be going head-on with would-be tacklers rather than trying to sidestep them as he was doing earlier in the season. And the Bengals’ defenders seem to want less and less of him.

–Pat Shurmur has shown some nice creativity in his play-calling. He has split his backs out wide, he has had wide receiver Greg Little in the backfield, he has had formations bunched tight and wide. And with Owen Marecic out with a concussion, tight end Alex Smith has filled in admirably at times. Hillis also has worked at fullback, his position at Arkansas.

–The Browns’ defense has done a better job of generating pressure on Andy Dalton as the game has progressed. Much of it has come from the inside. Early on, the Browns’ defenders did a poor job of tackling, especially against the run. But that has seemingly improved as well.

–The goal-line stand that kept the Bengals off the scoreboard on their first possession made a strong statement for the Browns’ defense. It told the Bengals that they weren’t simply going to overpower the Browns on the ground, and that they were in for a long and difficult day.

–Little made up for a very shaky half with that late touchdown reception. Still, his drops have been a problem today. It seemed he had turned a corner and was getting over the occasional drop well, but he has had two in a row and three for the half.

–The Browns’ kick coverage has been solid, but there was a hiccup in the punting game with a 37-yarder by Brad Maynard. The Browns need him to be better. Also, the Browns’ field goals have been an adventure lately, but Phil Dawson made the one he attempted today … even with the wicked hook over the left upright.

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Browns lead at the half

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 27, 2011 – 7:36 pm

CINCINNATI — Greg Little came into Sunday’s game as the leader in receptions among all NFL rookies, but had yet to score a touchdown.

With seven seconds remaining in the first half of play from Paul Brown Stadium, Little’s touchdown drought came to an end when quarterback Colt McCoy hit him in the left back corner of the end zone for a three-yard score.

Little’s touchdown extended the Browns’ lead to 17-7 over the Cincinnati Bengals.

The short scoring drive was set up by a forced turnover.

On second-and-six from Cincinnati’s 27-yard line, Jabaal Sheard rushed around right tackle and stripped Andy Dalton of the football. Fellow defensive lineman Scott Paxson recovered the ball at Cincinnati’s 14-yard line.

Kicker Phil Dawson’s 32-yard field goal put the Cleveland Browns back in front of the Cincinnati Bengals at 10-7 with 9:20 remaining in the first half of play from Paul Brown Stadium.

Dawson — who capped off a 15-play, 66-yard drive that took 6:01 off the clock — has converted 17 of 21 field goals this season.

The Browns and Bengals were tied at 7-7 after the first quarter of play.

Cedric Benson’s 16-yard touchdown run around left tackle and Mike Nugent’s subsequent extra point drew the Bengals even with the Browns at 7-7 with 21 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

The 90-second scoring drive lasted just three plays and covered 47 yards.

After Benson’s 33-yard run around left tackle, the Cincinnati Bengals had it first-and-goal from the Cleveland nine-yard line with 5:16 remaining in the first quarter.

However, the Browns defense held and the Bengals failed to score. The Browns remained in front of the Bengals, 7-0.

Passing up the opportunity to kick a field goal, the Bengals went for it on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line. Benson took Dalton’s handoff but was stopped at the line of scrimmage by linebacker Kaluka Maiava.

McCoy engineered a nine-play, 82-yard drive that was punctuated by his 24-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Norwood and gave the Cleveland Browns a 7-0 lead over the Cincinnati Bengals with 10:55 remaining in the first quarter.

On third-and-10 from Cincinnati’s 24-yard line, McCoy took the snap, looked to his left and fired the ball over the defender into Norwood’s hands. The score was Norwood’s first career receiving touchdown.

Earlier in the drive, McCoy and Norwood combined on a 36-yard pass play down the right sideline. McCoy went three of five for 68 yards on the drive.


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Little gets into end zone

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 27, 2011 – 7:33 pm

CINCINNATI — Greg Little came into Sunday’s game as the leader in receptions among all NFL rookies, but had yet to score a touchdown.

With seven seconds remaining in the first half of play from Paul Brown Stadium, Little’s touchdown drought came to an end when quarterback Colt McCoy hit him in the left back corner of the end zone for a three-yard score.

Little’s touchdown extended the Browns’ lead to 17-7 over the Cincinnati Bengals.

The short scoring drive was set up by a forced turnover.

On second-and-six from Cincinnati’s 27-yard line, Jabaal Sheard rushed around right tackle and stripped Andy Dalton of the football. Fellow defensive lineman Scott Paxson recovered the ball at Cincinnati’s 14-yard line.


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Dawson good from 32

Posted by Matt Florjancic on November 27, 2011 – 6:59 pm

CINCINNATI — Kicker Phil Dawson’s 32-yard field goal put the Cleveland Browns back in front of the Cincinnati Bengals at 10-7 with 9:20 remaining in the first half of play from Paul Brown Stadium.

Dawson — who capped off a 15-play, 66-yard drive that took 6:01 off the clock — has converted 17 of 21 field goals this season.


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