CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns rode a dominating protection and a pair of Nick Chubb landing runs to a 32-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals — who had been with out injured vast receiver Ja’Marr Chase — on “Monday Night Football” in Cleveland.
On Halloween evening, the Browns lastly got here alive.
Cleveland buried Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow on the way in which to a dominating victory, giving its moribund season a jolt headed right into a bye week.
The Bengals entered “Monday Night Football” having scored in 41 consecutive halves. But a immediately resurgent Browns protection snapped that streak, holding Cincinnati scoreless within the first half. The Bengals’ protection additionally had not allowed a landing in a second half all season. But Cleveland scored touchdowns on its first two drives out of halftime to place the sport out of attain.
The Browns (3-5) nonetheless have work to do to claw their approach again into the AFC playoff image. But this victory means their season is much from useless.
Buy on a breakout efficiency: The Browns got here into the week ranked thirtieth in defensive effectivity. But after a promising efficiency final weekend within the loss at Baltimore, Cleveland’s protection lastly carried out as much as its preseason expectations. Talent has by no means been the difficulty. The Browns may need uncovered the chemistry and cohesiveness that had been lacking.
Eye-popping Next Gen stat: Browns QB Jacoby Brissett was given a median of three.24 seconds to throw per move. As a consequence, he accomplished 17 of twenty-two passes for 278 yards, together with 259 passing yards when given no less than 2.5 seconds to throw.
Bold prediction for subsequent week: After per week of commerce rumors surrounding working again Kareem Hunt, the Browns will not deal him earlier than Tuesday’s commerce deadline. A loss Monday may need prompted Cleveland to commerce Hunt, who’s within the final 12 months of his deal, for a late-round choose. The approach Cleveland’s offense clicked with Hunt manning a big position within the win over the Bengals needs to be sufficient to persuade the Browns to experience out the remainder of the season with him. — Jake Trotter
Underrated statistic to know: With Myles Garrett’s first-half sack, he grew to become the primary Browns participant with no less than 65 sacks for the reason that statistic grew to become official in 1982.
Next sport: at Dolphins (1 p.m. ET, Nov. 13)
With the Bengals in a good battle with the Baltimore Ravens within the race for the AFC North, shedding to the Browns was going to harm Cincinnati’s possibilities of repeating as division champs. Cincinnati (4-4) did not simply lose, it was pummeled in a loss that did not really feel practically as shut as the ultimate rating prompt.
Last season, the Bengals had been 4-2 in AFC North play, sweeping Baltimore and Pittsburgh. A fifth straight loss to Cleveland within the collection between the groups reduces Cincinnati’s margin for error the remainder of the season.
Describe the sport in two phrases: Brutal displaying. Cincinnati’s evening began poorly, unraveled all through the sport and the Bengals had been by no means even aggressive towards a struggling Cleveland squad.
QB breakdown: Without Chase, Cincinnati’s offense resembled the unit that struggled early within the season. Unlike in final week’s sport towards the Atlanta Falcons, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was restricted in downfield manufacturing. Fifteen of Burrow’s first 21 makes an attempt had been for 10 air yards or much less, based on NFL Next Gen Stats. When the sport was in steadiness, Burrow took a number of downfield photographs. But whether or not it was resulting from Chase’s absence or one more reason, Burrow and the offense simply did not have it.
Pivotal play: Once once more, Garrett brought on issues for Cincinnati. On the Bengals’ first drive of the sport, issues had been promising till Garrett sagged off the road of scrimmage and batted a Burrow move into the air. Browns cornerback A.J. Green III intercepted the deflection. From there, the Bengals had been enjoying off the again foot and in the end by no means recovered.
Hole within the sport plan: For all of the chatter about Cleveland’s dashing assault, it was backup quarterback Brissett who torched Cincinnati’s protection by the air. At one level, the Browns averaged 9.2 yards per move try. Cincinnati’s efforts took an enormous blow when cornerback Chidobe Awuzie left the sport on the finish of the primary half with a proper knee harm. Rookie Cam Taylor-Britt, the staff’s second-round choose this 12 months, made his first NFL begin reverse Awuzie. — Ben Baby
Underrated statistic to know: Burrow has thrown an interception on the opening drive in every of his previous three begins towards the Browns.
Next sport: vs. Panthers (1 p.m. ET, Sunday)