Bengals stay unbeaten after win over Browns

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 05, 2015 11:51 PM

(The Sports Xchange) - Cincinnati tight end Tyler Eifert caught three touchdown passes from quarterback Andy Dalton as the Bengals remained unbeaten with a 31-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium.

Cincinnati improved to 8-0 for the first time in franchise history.

Dalton came in 3-7 in his career in prime-time games but delivered a steady performance, going 21 of 27 for 263 yards and three touchdowns.

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel started in place of injured Josh McCown and played well in spots, passing for 168 yards and a touchdown.

But Cincinnati's defense sacked him three times in the second half, during which the Browns (2-7) managed just 32 total yards.

Cincinnati figured to run the ball against the worst rush defense in the league, and they had 154 yards on the ground, led by Gio Bernard's 71.

On Cleveland's first possession of the third quarter, Manziel appeared to have gained 13 yards on third-and-12 from his own 10-yard line.

But a Cincinnati challenge overturned the spot.

The Bengals converted that decision into three points when a 28-yard field goal by Mike Nugent gave them a 17-10 lead.

The clinching touchdown came early in the fourth quarter when receiver Mohamed Sanu scored on a 25-yard reverse making the score 24-10.

Cincinnati orchestrated a 10-play, 63-yard drive on their first possession.

After the Bengals converted on fourth-and-inches, Dalton passed to Eifert for a nine-yard touchdown pass, putting them ahead 7-0.

The Bengals blitzed often on the Browns' opening drive, forcing Manziel into a pair of third-and-long situations.

On their next possession, Cleveland used a quick-hit passing game to ease the pressure on Manziel and drove 71 yards, but all the Browns could manage was a 27-yard field goal by Travis Coons.

Cleveland defensive end Desmond Bryant beat left guard Clint Boling and sacked Dalton to force a punt but the Browns offense stalled again.

After the Browns held on fourth-and-2 at the 6-yard line, an offside penalty gave the Bengals a first down. Two plays later, Dalton and Eifert connected again, this time for a two-yard touchdown making the score 14-3.

Manziel was 11 of 18 for 128 yards in the first half and capped off a 92-yard drive by finding Duke Johnson for a 12-yard touchdown pass with 19 seconds left in the half.

(Compiled by Peter Rutherford)