Bengals lead at halftime

Posted by Matt Florjancic on October 14, 2012 – 6:26 pm

On the strength of two touchdown passes from quarterback Andy Dalton, the Cincinnati Bengals held a 14-7 lead over the Cleveland Browns at halftime of today’s game from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

When second-year wide receiver A.J. Green caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Dalton, the Cincinnati Bengals retook a seven-point lead over the Cleveland Browns at 14-7 with 1:54 left in the first half.

Green’s touchdown catch capped off a three-play, 27-yard drive that started with wide receiver Brandon Tate’s 32-yard punt return to the Browns’ 32-yard line. A five-yard penalty for an ineligible man downfield was enforced from the end of the return.

Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon drew the team even with the Bengals at 7-7 with a 71-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Brandon Weeden at the 14:51 mark of the second quarter.

The 71-yard score was Gordon’s third touchdown in the last two games. He has the team’s two longest receptions on the year and Weeden has now thrown two of the five longest touchdown passes ever by a Browns rookie quarterback.

Only Tim Couch’s 78-yard pass to running back Terry Kirby was longer than Weeden’s 71-yarder to Gordon.

After one quarter of play, the Bengals held a 7-0 lead over the Browns.

Only three plays after the Bengals started their second possession of the game with an interception of Weeden, Dalton threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham and gave the team a 7-0 lead with 7:07 left in the first quarter.

Gresham ran a route on the right side of the formation, forced his way out of tackle attempts and ran for the goal line. He absorbed a hit from defensive back Joe Haden and fell into the end zone for the score.

On their first offensive drive of the game, the Browns moved the ball from their 14-yard line down to Cincinnati’s 27, but on first-and-10, Weeden had his pass tipped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by right defensive end Michael Johnson.

Following the interception, the Bengals took over first-and-10 at their own 37-yard line.

Earlier in the game, the Browns forced a three-and-out on the first series of the game for the Bengals.


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First-half thoughts from Browns-Bengals

Posted by Vic Carucci on October 14, 2012 – 6:23 pm

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

Here are some thoughts on the first half of the Browns’ game against the Bengals at Cleveland Browns Stadium:

What I liked…

>>The Browns bouncing back from the early touchdown they gave up with Brandon Weeden’s 71-yard scoring throw to Josh Gordon. Weeden did an excellent job of launching the throw into very tricky winds to drop it into Gordon’s hands. We saw a similar throw and catch on Gordon’s 62-yard score against the Giants last week. Expect to see much more of this big-play combination.

>>The addition of rookie receiver Josh Cooper to the active roster from the practice squad. Cooper instantly has made an impact, with a pair of catches that produced first downs. His comfort level with Weeden, his former Oklahoma State teammate, has been apparent since the start of offseason workouts.

>>The adjustments the Browns made with their defensive line in the first quarter. They changed things up with having Ishmaa’ily Kitchen at tackle next to John Hughes and Juqua Parker and Emmanuel Stephens at the end spots, and it proved effective after the Bengals’ early touchdown pass from Andy Dalton to tight end Jermaine Gresham.

>>The return of cornerback Joe Haden from his four-game suspension. He has done a nice job in coverage and has brought a clear sense of energy to the Browns’ defense.

>>Rookie Johnson Bademosi being an absolute terror on kick coverage. He is fearless getting down the field ahead of everyone else and making the big tackle.

What I didn’t like …

>>The sloppiness the Browns showed late in the first half to allow the Bengals to score a touchdown to take a 14-7 halftime lead.

>>A tipped-pass interception by Weeden, leading to the Bengals’ first touchdown, and a couple of unnecessary penalties.

>>Carucci’s Corner is presented by Panera Bread.

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Bengals go back in front

Posted by Matt Florjancic on October 14, 2012 – 6:17 pm

When second-year wide receiver A.J. Green caught a four-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andy Dalton, the Cincinnati Bengals retook a seven-point lead over the Cleveland Browns at 14-7 with 1:54 left in the first half of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Green’s touchdown catch capped off a three-play, 27-yard drive that started with wide receiver Brandon Tate’s 32-yard punt return to the Browns’ 32-yard line. A five-yard penalty for an ineligible man downfield was enforced from the end of the return.


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Gordon catches touchdown pass

Posted by Matt Florjancic on October 14, 2012 – 5:44 pm

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon drew the team even with the Cincinnati Bengals at 7-7 with a 71-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Brandon Weeden at the 14:51 mark of the second quarter of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

The 71-yard score was Gordon’s third touchdown in the last two games. He has the team’s two longest receptions on the year and Weeden has now thrown two of the five longest touchdown passes ever by a Browns rookie quarterback.

Only Tim Couch’s 78-yard pass to running back Terry Kirby was longer than Weeden’s 71-yarder to Gordon.


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Bengals lead after first quarter

Posted by Matt Florjancic on October 14, 2012 – 5:37 pm

After one quarter of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium, the Cincinnati Bengals held a 7-0 lead over the Cleveland Browns.

Only three plays after the Bengals started their second possession of the game with an interception of Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, second-year signal-caller Andy Dalton threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham and gave the team a 7-0 lead with 7:07 left in the first quarter.

Gresham ran a route on the right side of the formation, forced his way out of tackle attempts and ran for the goal line. He absorbed a hit from defensive back Joe Haden and fell into the end zone for the score.

On their first offensive drive of the game, the Browns moved the ball from their 14-yard line down to Cincinnati’s 27, but on first-and-10, Weeden had his pass tipped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by right defensive end Michael Johnson.

Following the interception, the Bengals took over first-and-10 at their own 37-yard line.

Earlier in the game, the Browns forced a three-and-out on the first series of the game for the Bengals.


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Bengals take early lead

Posted by Matt Florjancic on October 14, 2012 – 5:18 pm

Only three plays after the Cincinnati Bengals took possession of the football with an interception of Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, second-year signal-caller Andy Dalton threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham and gave the team a 7-0 lead with 7:07 left in the first quarter of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Gresham ran a route on the right side of the formation, forced his way out of tackle attempts and ran for the goal line. He absorbed a hit from defensive back Joe Haden and fell into the end zone for the score.


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Bengals generate interception

Posted by Matt Florjancic on October 14, 2012 – 5:14 pm

On their first offensive drive of the game, the Cleveland Browns moved the ball from their 14-yard line down to Cincinnati’s 27, but on first-and-10, rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden had his pass tipped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by right defensive end Michael Johnson.

Following the interception, the Bengals took over first-and-10 at their own 37-yard line.

Earlier in the game, the Browns forced a three-and-out on the first series of the game for the Bengals.


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Browns win toss, defer choice

Posted by Matt Florjancic on October 14, 2012 – 5:04 pm

The Cleveland Browns won the coin toss prior to today’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns Stadium and elected to defer their choice to the second half.

The Bengals will receive the opening kickoff and defend the East end zone.

The Browns are in their all-white uniforms with orange and brown stripes down the sides of the pants, brown numbers and names and orange helmets. The Bengals are in their black jerseys and white pants with their orange-and-black-striped helmets.


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Gordon expected to start

Posted by Matt Florjancic on October 14, 2012 – 3:41 pm

Cleveland Browns rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon is expected to start his fourth career game this afternoon against the Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Gordon started the season-opener against the Philadelphia Eagles (Sept. 9), the home game against the Buffalo Bills (Sept. 23) and last week at the New York Giants (Oct. 7). He has nine catches for 175 yards and two touchdowns on the season.

Last week at the Giants, Gordon caught two passes for 82 yards and both receptions went for touchdowns. He is expected to start in place of Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin. Massaquoi was declared “out” on Friday’s injury report and Benjamin was “doubtful.” Both players have hamstring injuries.

In addition to Massaquoi and Benjamin, the Browns have deactivated defensive backs Dimitri Patterson and Tashaun Gipson, offensive lineman Ryan Miller, defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin and linebacker Scott Fujita for today’s game.

Like Massaquoi, Patterson (ankle) and Gipson (knee) were declared “out” on Friday’s injury report.

Rookie John Hughes will start his first career game at defensive tackle in place of Rubin, while fellow first-year Brown, James-Michael Johnson will start his first game in place of Fujita.

The Bengals have deactivated wide receivers Mohamed Sanu and Ryan Whalen, cornerbacks Jason Allen and Dre Kirkpatrick, safety George Iloka, defensive tackle Branden Thompson and tight end Richard Quinn.

Robert Geathers will start at left defensive end for Carlos Dunlap, who is active for the game. Terence Newman will start at left cornerback for Nate Clements, who will play at strong safety for Taylor Mays.


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