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.
Weeden threw 29 passes on his 29th birthday, completing 17 for a pair of touchdowns and an interception. He also got 56 yards rushing from Montario Hardesty, and only 37 from rookie Trent Richardson.
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.