CLEVELAND - It seemed to start well, anyway.
Joshua Cribbs took the opening kickoff and raced 101 yards for an apparent touchdown to start the game, but Mason Unck was called for holding negating the score and that was pretty much the excitement for Browns fans.
The Browns dropped to 3-8 as they were shutout 30-0 by the Bengals. The Browns are still winless in the division with two games to play on the road with the Steelers and the Ravens.
Carson Palmer led the Bengals to touchdowns on their first two possessions and built a 17-0 lead, coasting the rest of the way. Palmer lit the Browns up for 25-of-32 for 275 yards, including three touchdowns and an interception. Palmer's QB rating was 120.7.
Meanwhile, the Browns posted all of 51 yards rushing on 14 carries with Jerome Harrison leading the way with all of 18 yards, including a 15-yard run in garbage time. Charlie Frye was 18-of-29 for 186 yards with no touchdowns and four interceptions. He was sacked four times and had a QB rating of just 40.9.
Kellen Winslow caught six passes for 52 yards and Dennis Northcutt had three receptions for 61 yards, including a 43-yarder. Jason Wright had five carries for 12 yards, while Reuben Droughns had two carries for four yards.
The Browns never had a chance to work on their red zone offense as they never got past the Bengals' 30 the entire game with Phil Dawson missing a 48-yard field goal wide to the left in the second quarter.
Russell Pick: S Brian Russell had the Browns only turnover as he intercepted a pass from Palmer.
Slow Down Rudi: One bright spot was the Browns held RB Rudi Johnson to just 64 yards on 25 carries. He did have a one-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Johnson had been averaging 160 yards a game against the Browns in the last four games.
Kamerion and Willie: LB's Willie McGinest and Kamerion Wimbley accounted for the three Browns sacks. McGinest had the first two and Wimbley the third. Wimbley has 7 ½ on the season, which is a new Browns record for rookies.