After 11 straight losses and an 0-5 start to the 2012 season, the Browns have gotten a victory in the Battle of Ohio.
The 34-24 win came on the 29th birthday of rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden. It also came a day before the start of ownership meetings at which Jimmy Haslam widely is expected to be approved as the next owner of the team.
The loss drops the Bengals to 3-3, and it’s their second straight loss in games that, on paper, they should have won. Now, on paper, they’re two games behind the 5-1 Ravens, making the AFC wild-card race wide open.
And the Browns aren’t dead yet. With no potential wild-card team in the AFC currently above .500, there’s plenty of time to get hot and, in turn, save some jobs.