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Browns making it tough on Bengals

Peyton Hillis, Thomas Howard AP

Two weeks ago, the Bengals were 6-2 and one of the pleasant surprises of the NFL season. But there’s nothing pleasant about what the Bengals are doing now.

Entering today on a two-game losing streak, the Bengals absolutely can’t afford a loss to the Browns if they want to stay in the AFC playoff race. And losing to the Browns, 17-7, is exactly what the Bengals are doing at halftime.

The Browns’ offense started the game with a nine-play, 82-yard drive and ended the half with a Colt McCoy-to-Greg Little touchdown pass. Cleveland running back Peyton Hillis has surprisingly looked healthy and effective — even though it was just days ago that the Browns were saying Hillis was at least another week away from being able to play at all. Hillis is breaking tackles and moving the ball through a physical Bengals defense. (Bengals linebacker Thomas Howard was not flagged for facemasking on the pictured play.)

Cedric Benson is running well for Cincinnati, but Andy Dalton hasn’t been able to move the ball much through the air, and the Bengals’ offense looks lifeless. As does the Cincinnati crowd, as this game is being played in front of thousands of empty seats.

If the Bengals aren’t better in the second half than they were in the first, this may be the day that we stop thinking of Cincinnati as a playoff contender.

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7 Responses to “Browns making it tough on Bengals”
  1. joetoronto says: Nov 27, 2011 2:35 PM

    Question of the day in the Nati, will the mighty Bengals squeak one out over the Browns?

  2. steelersownyou says: Nov 27, 2011 2:37 PM

    WOW! Are the Bengals who we thought they were?

  3. burm61 says: Nov 27, 2011 2:41 PM

    If Hillis can lead the Browns to a victory and a good second half of the year… Nevermind he still won’t be there next year.

  4. lenke08 says: Nov 27, 2011 2:45 PM

    Go Browns!!

  5. hiwaymessiah says: Nov 27, 2011 3:49 PM

    Are we gonna blow it in the fourth?

  6. North American Bowl says: Nov 27, 2011 4:14 PM

    Bengals Win!

  7. bigcatdaddy says: Dec 1, 2011 2:32 PM

    Did a Browns fan write this? I guess he thought he would be the first guy to report on the Bengals self destruction. Well buddy like they say it’s not over till its over, and its over and BENGALS WIN! That singing fat lady rode on the bus back to Cleveland because the Browns are finished.

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