Browns-Bengals: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

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Here's a look back at today's 23-20 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, which we call The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

The Good

For Starters: Frye took the Browns right down the field and scored his first NFL touchdown on a rollout on first-and-goal from the three. It gave the Browns a 7-0 lead. Frye started 6-of-6 for 36 yards, including one passing touchdown and a rushing touchdown. He finished 16 –of-24 for 138 yards, including a touchdown and an interception. He also carried the ball for a score.

Red Zone: After struggling in the red zone to score touchdowns most of the season, the Browns scored touchdowns on their first two possessions inside the 20 against the Bengals. On their third trip, they settled for a field goal to tie the game. The last time was the most critical as the game was on the line with just 4:23 to play. A touchdown would've forced the Bengals to score a touchdown, but by scoring just a field goal, the Bengals could win the game on a field goal.

Good Start for D: The Browns defense had a good start as they limited the Bengals to a three-and-out. The defense did the exact same thing on the first series of the second half.

Good Call: The first play was a quick out to Antonio Bryant. It allowed Frye to get into a rhythm. He threw short-quick passes with his second pass to FB Terrelle Smith. The quick passes resulted in Frye completing his first six passes.

Who's That?: WR Antonio Bryant made a nice catch in coverage on third down prior to the Browns first score. Bryant had a couple of nice catches to keep drives alive. He finished with four receptions for 48 yards.

Solid Reuben: RB Reuben Droughns added 74 yards to his totals for the season to give him 1, 104 yards.

Andra the Thief: LB Andra Davis intercepted QB Carson Palmer and returned the ball to the Bengals' 19 on the first play of the second quarter.

Hanging Chad: Bengals' big play WR Chad Johnson had just one catch for 15 yards into the fourth quarter. CB Leigh Bodden made a nice recovery and batted down a ball that was intended for Johnson deep over the middle. Johnson had one catch on the final drive and finished with just two catches. However, Johnson drew two critical penalties on Bodden to set up the winning field goal.

Nice Blitz: S Chris Crocker blitzed and knocked Rudi Johnson for one of his few losses.

Welcome Back, Dennis: WR Dennis Northcutt made a nice leaping catch on third-and-7 in the fourth quarter to keep a drive going. Northcutt had 3 catches for 29 yards.

It Worked: On fourth-and-one, the Browns lined up and tried to draw the Bengals off sides and it worked as DL John Thornton jumped across the line and made contact.

The Bad

Bad Decision: CB Deltha O'Neal intercepted Frye on third and long to give the Bengals the ball at the Browns' 35. The Bengals have 27 interceptions on the season. Frye threw the ball right to O'Neal but he dropped the ball and allowed the Browns to tie the game with a field goal.

Not so Good: After a good first series on defense, the defense couldn't stand prosperity as they let the Bengals go right down the field for a touchdown. Rudi Johnson ran at will through the defensive line.

No Rush: The Browns were unable to put any pressure on Palmer throughout the game. They had no sacks.

Can't Stop This: The Browns couldn't stop the Bengals on fourth-and-one as Palmer did a QB snap for the first down on the Browns' 40. Prior to the play, the Bengals were just 1-of-7 on fouth down attempts.

Oops!: Frye had his foot stepped on by an offensive linemen and he tripped on third-and-10. The play resulted in a sack.

Not Special: After P Kyle Richardson had a 58-yard punt negated because of an illegal formation, the Browns lost 34 yards in field position as the Bengals took over on the Browns' 49.

Second Bad Start: The Browns started the second half with a holding penalty on the kickoff and had the ball on their own 16. Joshua Cribbs had taken the kick outside the 30-yard line.

L.J. Jumpy: LT L.J. Shelton jumped early on third-and-2 and it resulted in a Browns punt.

Hello Lee: RB Lee Suggs got his first carry of the season in the first quarter. After a penalty on Shelton, Suggs was given the ball on a draw play on third-and-7 and he ran right into the blitzing linebacker for a four-yard loss. He had two catches for 13 yards, but he had a 15-yard reception called back by penalty.

The Ugly

The Ugliest: The Browns have not been able to stop the run all season and it was no different against the Bengals. Noted more for their passing game, the Bengals rushed for over 70 yards in the first quarter between Rudi Johnson and Chris Perry, until Perry was injured on the last play of the first quarter. Johnson carried the load the rest of the way and had 168 yards and a touchdown in having his way with the Browns most of the day. He was largely responsible in setting up the score on the final drive. Once again, the defense couldn't make a stop when they needed to and it cost them. The Browns had chances to get off the field on third-and- 3, but a pass to Johnson gave them a first down. Then on third-and-eight, the Bengals had an incomplete pass but Bodden held Chad Johnson for the automatic first down. They moved five yards closer on a holding penalty on Bodden on the next play.

Mistakes Kill: The Browns had several mistakes that hurt them bad. None bigger than on a screen pass to Lee Suggs took the ball inside the Bengals 10, but a holding penalty on Jeff Faine called the play back and then a delay of game penalty moved the ball back to the 31. The Browns controlled the ball for over eight minutes of the third quarter but had to settle for a 42-yard field goal by Dawson.


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