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Larry Johnson rolls as Bengals beat Browns

Larry Johnson never managed to run for 100 yards in a game in seven games with the Chiefs this year. But in just his second game with the Bengals, he carried 22 times for 107 yards and led Cincinnati to a 16-7 win over the Cleveland Browns.

The Bengals had a ridiculously conservative game plan, running the ball over and over and over again, mixing in a few short passes, and basically just assuming that if they didn’t make any big mistakes, there was no way the Browns’ offense could put enough points on the board to win the game.

That game plan worked. With Johnson leading the way, the Bengals had a total of 210 rushing yards on 45 carries, and quarterback Carson Palmer completed 13 of 24 passes for 110 yards, with a touchdown and no turnovers.

Now the Bengals are 8-3, including 6-0 in the AFC North, and they’re heading into December as heavy favorites to win the division. They won’t catch the Colts for home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs, but the Bengals have a good chance of earning the No. 2 seed and the first-round bye that goes with it.

The Browns, meanwhile, continue to play some of the most uninspired football in the NFL. Brady Quinn had a couple of nice plays, but none with his arm: He scored the Browns’ only touchdown on a nine-yard run and caught an 18-yard pass on a trick play from wide receiver Josh Cribbs, but when Quinn was passing he averaged less than three yards per attempt, completing 15 of 34 passes for 100 yards.

The Browns are 1-10 and just playing out the string, but the Bengals are contenders. And there’s no bigger surprise this season than a team in contention having Cedric Benson and Larry Johnson as its 1-2 punch at running back.

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13 Responses to “Larry Johnson rolls as Bengals beat Browns”
  1. bearsrule says: Nov 29, 2009 5:17 PM

    I guarantee you that Benson is not happy about this. At all.

  2. joey365247 says: Nov 29, 2009 5:41 PM

    what? no jokes about the Bengals and thier criminals??? …. SUCKKAAAAS

  3. The Jimmy says: Nov 29, 2009 5:44 PM

    “The Bengals had a ridiculously conservative game plan, running the ball over and over and over again, mixing in a few short passes, and basically just assuming that if they didn’t make any big mistakes, there was no way the Browns’ offense could put enough points on the board to win the game.”
    _________________________
    Is it ridiculous if it’s right?
    I feel bad for Browns fans. They are loyal and they deserve better. I’ve never seen a quarterback throw so many passes at the line of scrimmage as Brady Quinn does. That team has very little talent, which is unbelievable considering where they draft.

  4. Thomas Paquette says: Nov 29, 2009 5:58 PM

    The Browns are 1-10 and just playing out the string, but the Bengals are contenders. And there’s no bigger surprise this season than a team in contention having Cedric Benson and Larry Johnson as its 1-2 punch at running back.
    Actually it is Cedric Benson, Bernard Scott, and Larry Johnson as the 1-2-3 punch

  5. SteveC says: Nov 29, 2009 6:19 PM

    Im sure Mike will have an article tomorrow saying how the Bengals shoulda blown them out just like the Colts shoulda blown out the Texans….

  6. DerekLutz says: Nov 29, 2009 7:07 PM

    At the game today, just rough to watch.
    Bengals offense is circa 1962 – run, run and a pass of 10 yards or less. Defense has them 8-3. They’ll make the playoffs and it’s one and done. Zimmer will be a head coach next year with the job he’s done with this crew.
    Took my 11-year old son who is the Browns fan – too bad for him, just awful and a chicken sh*t coach who punted on 4th down in the fourth quarter twice. Hey Mangini, your team has one win – go for when it’s 4th and 3 and you’re inside the 50.

  7. clevefan1 says: Nov 29, 2009 7:12 PM

    I thought it was awesome that Quinn caught a pass. Now he can say to his sorry ass receivers, see that’s how you actually catch a ball…

  8. oruacat2 says: Nov 29, 2009 7:50 PM

    This was not our “we’re playing the Browns” offense, this was our “we really miss Chris Henry as a deep threat” offense.
    Until Jerome Simpson or Maurice Purify establishes himself as a legit replacement for Henry, I see (sadly) many more games like this for the Bengal offense.
    Good win though. Here’s hoping the Steelers and Ravens split and cancel one another out of contention.
    KD

  9. HBOilers24 says: Nov 29, 2009 8:27 PM

    whoopie for Larry Johnson. i promise you their are plenty of high school runningbacks who could get over 100 yards rushing on the Browns.

  10. goetta-head says: Nov 29, 2009 9:23 PM

    A win is a win is a win.

  11. Audient says: Nov 29, 2009 10:06 PM

    Lutz,
    As a Browns fan myself, I am amazed that anyone too young to remember the old team is actually a Browns fan. Good for your son (I think?)

  12. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Nov 30, 2009 8:11 AM

    There’s no reason for Benson to be unhappy. He didn’t have to rush back for two games, and in each case, the backups had 100 yard games. But those were against the raiders (i know they lost) and the browns. Benson put up a c-note on the ravens twice this season. Benson won’t have to grind into the stretch run, he’ll be 100% healthy and fresh. I’d like to see him out there this week, but if he’s even a little gimpy, rest him so that he is 100% for minnesota.

  13. CurseofBoJackson says: Nov 30, 2009 1:08 PM

    Yea, larry came in here knowing he wasn’t THE bell cow back, Ced knows this as well, so does Benny, so does Brian. Why would he be upset that there are three GOOD Rb’s behind him? He’s signed through next year and Larry is auditioning for other teams, lame take.

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