Some things don't change.
Running backs who want to revive their careers get a good boost from the Browns. Cedric Benson rushed for 171 yards against the Browns when he was trying to re-establish himself in the NFL.
Earlier today, the Browns defense made another struggling running back -- who likes to Tweet -- look like a Hall of Famer. Larry Johnson, who was banished from the Chiefs just a couple of weeks ago made his debut for the Bengals and ended up with 107 yards filling in for the injured Benson.
The Browns reverted to their previous ways as they couldn't stop the run and couldn't move the ball, either. Even without Benson, Johnson and Bernard Scott combined for nearly 200 yards rushing in leading the Bengals to a 16-7 win over the Browns. Scott had 83 yards.
The Browns lost their sixth game in a row as they dropped a 16-7 verdict to the Bengals. The Browns are 1-10 overall, and winless in the division with only the Steelers left to play. Meanwhile, the Bengals improve to 8-3 and are 5-0 in the AFC North.
Three Shayne Graham field goals proved to be the difference.
After exploding for 37 points a week ago, including 24 in the first quarter, the Browns offense reverted to their former ways prior to the Lions' game. They moved the ball very little and punted after all five of their first half possessions.
The Browns had just 46 yards in offense and finished with 169 yards. Brady Quinn was 15–of-34 for 100 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He scored the Browns only touchdown on a nine-yard run.
The Bengals had two long drives for their first two scores and then a penalty on the final play of the first half allowed the Bengals to get a long field goal to extend their lead and take a 13-0 lead into the locker room at the half.
After the Browns stalled after moving to the Bengals' 47 on their opening drive, the Bengals took over on their 20 and were able to march to the Browns' 19 where Graham kicked a 37-yard field goal to give the Bengals a 3-0 lead with 3:04 left in the first quarter . The Bengals held the ball for 8:48. Former Chiefs' star Larry Johnson made his debut with the Bengals and had 22 yards on two carries, along with a reception. He had 49 yards in the first half, while Bernard Scott had 65 yards.
A key play was when Palmer hit Chad Ochocinco on third-and-10. Later, Palmer hit Ochocinco for the first down to the Browns' 32. Bernard Scott ran up the middle for 12 yards to the 21.
On third-and- 8, Palmer hit Andre Caldwell for a first down and a 12-yard gain to the seven. Johnson picked up three to the four and then a short pass to Johnson for one yard, set up third-and-goal at the four where Palmer hit Foschi for the score.
Graham kicked a 53-yard field goal on the final play of the first half as Shaun Rogers was flagged for 15-yards to extend the half.
The Browns had a three-and-out and after a short punt, the Bengals had the ball on the Browns' 40 with 21 seconds to play. However, Kamerion Wimbley and David Bowens combined to sack Palmer to apparently thwart the drive. However, on the final play, Rogers grabbed Palmer by the shoulder pads as he was going out of bounds and brought him down, and the penalty allowed Graham to kick the field goal to end the half.
The Browns offense came to life to start the second half as they scored on their first possession of the second half as Quinn performed a quarterback draw for a nine-yard touchdown to make it 13-7 with 6:52 to play in the third quarter.
The Browns started at their own 45 to start the third quarter after forcing the Bengals to punt on their first possession of the half. On third-and-five, Josh Cribbs took the snap and threw back to Quinn for an 18-yard reception to the 32. Quinn hit Mohamed Massaquoi for 12 to the 20. Lewis had back-to-back runs to pick up the first down inside the 10. On second-and-goal, Quinn took the snap from the shotgun and ran up the middle and dove into the end zone. The Browns went 55 yards in eight plays taking 3:38 off the clock.
The Bengals answered the Browns' score with Graham's third field goal of the game with 50 seconds left in the third quarter from 28 yards. Key plays on the drive were a 12-yard hookup from Palmer to Ochocinco to the 39. An 18-yard pass to Lavaerneus Coles moved the ball to the Browns' 26. Johnson continued to gash the defense and he carried the ball to the 14 on consecutive carries. The defense was able to get off the field and Graham kicked the field goal.
After the Bengals' score, the kickoff went out of bounds and the Browns started at the 40. After a short pass left the Browns facing fourth-and-one to end the third quarter, the Browns decided to go for it. Quinn was able to barely get the first down on a sneak.
However, the Browns could do nothing else and punted back to the Bengals.
Trailing 16-7, the Browns started at their 10 and were able to pick up a couple of first downs on a penalty and a pass to Chansi Stuckey to the 36. However, Quinn overthrew Massaquoi on a deep route on third down and the Browns punted back to the Bengals.
After getting the ball back prior to the two-minute warning, Quinn hit Greg Estandia for 17 yards to the 41. A pass to Stuckey moved the ball near midfield, but the Browns turned the ball on downs after Quinn threw incomplete intended for Massaquoi on fourth down.
The Mighty Quinn: After a career day against the Lions, QB Brady Quinn started 2-of-2 for 28 yards with a 24-yard pass to WR Chansi Stuckey on the team's first drive. However, the rest of the half he was just 2-of-8 for four yards and finished 15–of-34 for 100 yards for the game with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He had a rushing touchdown from nine yards.
JLew: RB Jamal Lewis had 40 yards on 11 carries.
Sticky Stuckey: WR Chansi Stuckey led the Browns with four catches for 44 yards.
Coleman, Wimbley, Rogers Dinged: DL Shaun Rogers went down late in the fourth quarter. DL Kenyon Coleman was injured earlier as was LB Kamerion Wimbley. Rogers was carted off after DL C.J. Mosley fell on his leg.
Quick Dividends: LB Matt Roth, just picked up off waivers from the Dolphins played on the first defensive series and sacked QB Carson Palmer. Roth was a former second-round draft choice of the Dolphins.
Sack Attack: LB Matt Roth and LBs Kamerion Wimbley and David Bowens picked up a shared sack in the first half. Wimbley leads the team with five sacks. DL Shaun Rogers had a sack.
Jennings Starts: RB Chris Jennings was on the field for the game's first offensive play and QB Brady Quinn hit Jennings on a swing pass for four yards. Jennings had two carries for five yards, while RB Jamal Lewis had just four carries for 13 yards.
What's He Doing?: On the opening kickoff, KR Josh Cribbs let the ball bounce into the end zone and did not make an attempt to down the ball. RB Jerome Harrison went in to the end zone and downed the ball. Cribbs had one pass for 18 yards to Quinn.
Allen Active. Robiskie Inactive: WR Jake Allen, recently signed off the Packers' practice squad was active and played on offense, while second-round pick, WR Brian Robiskie was inactive. Other second-rounder LB David Veikune was also inactive.
Benson Out: RB Cedric Benson was inactive with a hip injury, but really didn't help the Browns. Former Chiefs' RB Larry Johnson made his debut with the Bengals and had back-to-back gains of over 10 yards on his first two carries and had 35 yards on his first three carries. He finished with 76 yards, while RB Bernard Scott had 65 yards.