Running Like He Can't Be Stopped...

Mike McLain talks to Ryan Tucker and Ross Verba about the Browns new-found running game. Verba tells Mike that Green was smiling like he couldn't be stopped. Here's Mike's report from the locker room...

CINCINNATI - The Browns' offensive line showed up Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium, staging its best performance of the season.

The line led the way for a season-high 140 rushing yards. Rookie William Green had 96 yards on 25 carries, and James Jackson added 27 yards on seven carries.

"It was a good day for William to get his confidence up. He was smiling out there," tackle Ross Verba said. "I played with Dorsey Levens and Ahmen Green (in Green Bay). That's the same type of stuff that you see. You get confidence when you cut the ball back.

"It was like, 'You can't stop me.' That's the way he ran today. The offensive line didn't do anything different than we had been doing the last nine games. We're going to win some and we're going to lose some. We won today."

With a 5-5 record, the Browns are half a game behind Pittsburgh in the AFC North Division. In a league in which parity rules, Cleveland is in the thick of contention for one of two wild cards.

"We have to take care of our business," offensive tackle Ryan Tucker said. "We have to focus on and build on today, because today was a good day for our offense."

WAY TO GO: No one was more pleased than Browns offensive coordinator Bruce Arians to see the offense's success on the ground.

"Any time you can run the football like that, your play-action game is a big part of it," Arians said. "You mix and match and don't worry about it becoming a one-dimensional game."

TOUGH GOING: Safety Devin Bush had a difficult week, but he didn't allow it to keep him from making a key in the fourth quarter. Bush, who was demoted as the starting free safety in favor of Earl Little, tackled Brandon Bennett at the Browns' 7 after an 82-yard kick return. The Browns then stopped the Bengals on downs at the one yard line.

"It's been really tough," Bush said of last week. "It's always tough when you get demoted or something is taken away from you."

INJURY REPORT: The only injury of note for the Browns was to H-back/tight end Steve Heiden, who sprained his left ankle. Heiden continued to play after suffering the injury, coming up with a fumble recovery after Cincinnati's T.J. Houshmandzaheh mishandled a punt in the fourth quarter.

Heiden had a boot on the ankle when he left the locker room. The team had no announcement concerning the extent of the injury. With starting H-back Aaron Shea out with an ankle injury, the Browns can't afford to lose Heiden. 


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