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Browns win second straight, grab share of AFC North lead

Brian Hoyer AP

Here come the Browns.

Seriously, here come the Browns.

Led by a strong performance by their defense and two TD passes from quarterback Brian Hoyer, the Browns defeated the Bengals 17-6 in Cleveland on Sunday.

The victory is the Browns’ second straight and improves their record to 2-2. Cleveland is now in a three-way tie for the AFC North lead with Cincinnati and Baltimore, which lost Sunday at Buffalo.

If the Browns can defeat the Bills on Thursday night, they will have a winning record after five games for the first time since 2007.

Meanwhile, Sunday’s result is something of a humbling one for the Bengals, who did not score a touchdown and were outgained by the Browns.

The Browns took control in the latter stages of the fourth quarter, putting together a 12-play, 91-yard march ending in a Chris Ogbonnaya one-yard TD catch with a little less than five minutes left in the game. The touchdown gave Cleveland its final margin of victory, as two more Cincinnati drives proved fruitless.

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61 Responses to “Browns win second straight, grab share of AFC North lead”
  1. joetoronto says: Sep 29, 2013 4:42 PM

    Andy Dalton is a noodle armed ginger and the Bungals suck.

    Go Brownies!

  2. patsbrat says: Sep 29, 2013 4:43 PM

    Nice win for the Browns against a very good team. Does Hoyer get to keep the starting job now?

  3. fumblenuts says: Sep 29, 2013 4:43 PM

    Horton has that Brown’s defense playing lights out!!

  4. peytonwantsaflag says: Sep 29, 2013 4:44 PM

    Bengals looked listless but man those browns are for real.

  5. audient says: Sep 29, 2013 4:45 PM

    Ladies and gentlemen, I do believe the Browns have found their quarterback.

  6. pskotte says: Sep 29, 2013 4:47 PM

    Hats off to the Brown for playing great defense. Hope we can even the score when they come to Cincinnati.

  7. shadowcell says: Sep 29, 2013 4:48 PM

    Holy crap, the Browns beat a good team!

    Maybe they should pick someone high in the 2014 draft just to trade them and put the fear of God in the rest of the roster again.

  8. urbusted2 says: Sep 29, 2013 4:50 PM

    The Brown’s have a tough defense.

  9. doctorrustbelt says: Sep 29, 2013 4:51 PM

    Good win by the Browns…BUT… three of the Bengals top four defensive backs and the Bengals best safety missed the game.

    That said…. a win is a win.

  10. oldbrowndawg says: Sep 29, 2013 4:51 PM

    And the defense did this without three key players today. If they can stay relatively healthy and keep progressing in DC Ray Horton’s defense, this team will be tough to beat, especially in the second half of this season. Looks like the curse of Pittsburgh is about to come to an end since they’re virtually done already this year. Well deserved and long overdue!

  11. joetoronto says: Sep 29, 2013 4:52 PM

    The Bungals will never win anything.

    Go Brownies!

  12. pooflingingmonkey says: Sep 29, 2013 4:53 PM

    You can’t deny that the Browns are a much improved team.

  13. godofwine330 says: Sep 29, 2013 4:54 PM

    You don’t know how much this means to us Browns fans. For once in a LONG time we actually look like an NFL team. We run REAL NFL plays, we actually throw for 7 or more yards on on a 3rd & 6! I know that most NFL fans don’t understand but you have no idea how long we have looked like a division II college team – now we are leaving that to the Jaguars.

    Great to see my Browns balling out. Scheming, playing defense.

  14. keepyerstickontheice says: Sep 29, 2013 4:54 PM

    That’s a big “If.”

  15. despenc925 says: Sep 29, 2013 4:57 PM

    wow…the browns aren’t playing! i hope the coach is smart enough to keep weedens *** on the bench!

  16. mackcarrington says: Sep 29, 2013 4:59 PM

    So I guess Weeden and Richardson were holding the Browns back. Who knew?

  17. mobuccsfan says: Sep 29, 2013 5:01 PM

    Browns will be good–going to take some time to add it all up–but they are going to be good. I would even wager it will be a battle between Cincy and Cleveland going forward in the AFC North. The Ravens and Steelers are both on the decline. Now only if those pesky Patriots could start declining and the Bills and Dolphins could rise up–I’d be okay with that!

  18. groleo45 says: Sep 29, 2013 5:01 PM

    The dream of our Browns/Lions Superbowl are alive and well

  19. juniversal says: Sep 29, 2013 5:08 PM

    As a Bengals fan I gotta give the Browns credit. They were the better team today. Hoyer can ball.

  20. watchfullhose says: Sep 29, 2013 5:08 PM

    I wonder if Holmgren still thinks the coach should quit?

  21. brownsclown says: Sep 29, 2013 5:09 PM

    Only Mike Holmgren could make Mike Lombardturd look smart!

  22. juniversal says: Sep 29, 2013 5:11 PM

    Stay classy joetoronto…

  23. doctorrustbelt says: Sep 29, 2013 5:17 PM

    The Bengals need to find REAL #2 and #3 wide receivers.

    2nd year – 3rd round Mohamed Sanu and 2nd year – 5th round nobody Marvin Jones are slow and do not have the ability to separate.

  24. kwjsb says: Sep 29, 2013 5:18 PM

    Noticed a lot of Pro Hoyer comments, yes he made a difference, but the game ball needs to go to Buster, If he plays like that every Sunday, with Joe Haden making Stars into ordinary players, we are set.

  25. clebrownsfan11 says: Sep 29, 2013 5:23 PM

    Mingo is LEGIT!

    GO BROWNS!

  26. patriots420 says: Sep 29, 2013 5:24 PM

    Hoyer looks like the answer at QB for the Brownies. He passes the eye test, confident, fluid, good ball skills, stick with him and see how he develops throughout the year.

  27. ecnc30 says: Sep 29, 2013 5:25 PM

    Great win browns! Glad you see a real competitive team there again. Now, those “mistake by the lake” Boofalo Bills come into your place Thursday night, so …. Beat the little boy pants off those perennial losers!

  28. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Sep 29, 2013 5:25 PM

    Joe Haden DOMINATED AJ Green.

  29. bengalguy says: Sep 29, 2013 5:26 PM

    I’ll eat my crow. Good win Brownies
    That being said, Joetoronto’s Raiders are actually winning and he’s still trolling Bengal sites!
    Hey Joe, yer Mom just yelled down to the cellar for ya, dinners ready

  30. dabmasterhap says: Sep 29, 2013 5:31 PM

    Ty

    Trent Richardson 20 carries 60 yards against a defense that was giving up an average of 150 a week. Mcgahee 15 carries 45 yards. Same average. We fleeced the colts on that trade and have ability to build something special. We might have found a QB in the process too..

  31. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Sep 29, 2013 5:38 PM

    Very nice win for the browns. Good luck the rest of the season.

  32. 4512dawg4512 says: Sep 29, 2013 5:39 PM

    Can’t wait to get Weeden back, Weeden + Gordon = great offense

  33. bengalskuta82 says: Sep 29, 2013 5:43 PM

    @joetoronto

    You sound like somebody that has been suffering for a long long time. Go ahead and enjoy this as much as you can because these kind of wins rarely happens to your team..lol

  34. mymanmccoy says: Sep 29, 2013 5:44 PM

    T Rich ran for 60 yds. on 20 carries today, yeah, we really miss him. BTW, I don’t miss weeden either! Go Browns!

  35. Deb says: Sep 29, 2013 5:54 PM

    Congrats to the Browns!!!! Always hoped our historic rivals would become competitive again. Of course, kind of hoped my Steelers would be competitive with them … sigh.

    Where’s that Wascally Wabbit? I know it’s only two games trickbunny, but it’s a streak and you guys deserve to celebrate ;)

  36. jrcoop says: Sep 29, 2013 5:57 PM

    The Browns are in contention for the AFC North, who’d a thunk it. Way to go Brownies.

  37. foosball1984 says: Sep 29, 2013 6:01 PM

    cincy looked lifeless in this game hats off to browns, but i guarantee the bengals smack them around when the game comes back to cincy, look at it this way the ravens and steelers both lost today, so lets get over it bengals and come out and destroy brady next week

  38. bigbenownsthenfl says: Sep 29, 2013 6:06 PM

    as a steeler fan this pains me to say it…..you can count on 2 wins againsy the steelers this year…and here comes the painful part..wait for it…wait for it….we suck! and your team is much better! oh god. never thought those words would come out of my mouth! congrats though brownies. its been a long time coming. and the browns have a great fan base!!

  39. joemammy says: Sep 29, 2013 6:12 PM

    I just cannot imagine any NFL team having a better defense than does the CLEVELAND BROWNS.

    Others may walk onto the field with the Cleveland D…but theyre gonna limp off it.

    Ray Horton is KING!!!

  40. crownofthehelmet says: Sep 29, 2013 6:16 PM

    Congrats Browns, but it was the overrated Bengals you beat, so…..

  41. harbingeroftruth says: Sep 29, 2013 6:42 PM

    Yea….Who dey! Who dey! Who dey think that Cincinnati actually has a real team.

    LOL

    GO BROWNS!!!

  42. laxcoach37 says: Sep 29, 2013 7:03 PM

    The whole AFC North is a joke. It is good to see the Browns win nonetheless. I love how I told all the typical obnoxious Steelers fans that they would be looking up at everyone months ago. Honestly, never really believed it myself, but the Jags might have competition with the Giants and Steelers getting that #1. LOL!

  43. bensstinkyfingers says: Sep 29, 2013 7:16 PM

    Never thought my preseason HOmer predictions would come to fruition, but the browns are making me look like Nostradamous with their play. Browns, Ravens just may be battling for AFC North title when it’s all said and done. I know don’t get too excited, it’s early, but dammm it feels good being a Browns fan right now!!!!!

  44. bensstinkyfingers says: Sep 29, 2013 7:17 PM

    P.S. Brian Hoyer Thank you Hometown Boy, couldn’t make up a better script!!!! Keep it up!!!!!

  45. mrfrostyj says: Sep 29, 2013 7:30 PM

    Do you think Marvin Lewis is still relieved that the Browns traded Richardson?

  46. jasonthelee says: Sep 29, 2013 7:35 PM

    Who Dey?
    Dey the ones who lost to the Browns.

  47. brownoholic says: Sep 29, 2013 8:13 PM

    We who!!!!

  48. raiderapologist says: Sep 29, 2013 8:57 PM

    You have to give the Browns credit for not starting Jason Campbell. And while you’re at it, give Bengal fans credit for not mentioning the Palmer trade as the reason they lost.

  49. dawgdaysofsummer says: Sep 29, 2013 9:28 PM

    Hats off to Barkevious Mingo and Joe Thomas they too quietly had fantastic games! Last week Joe held Jared Allen to zero tackles. Can’t wait to see the stats this week for both of these guys.

  50. AlaskanSalmon says: Sep 29, 2013 9:42 PM

    Mingo ate your QB

  51. i10east says: Sep 30, 2013 1:50 AM

    Nice win Cleveland.

  52. mikebrownfeedsondreams says: Sep 30, 2013 6:34 AM

    Who knew Browns fans were as obnoxious as steelers fans? It’s ok, we get it, you just won your super bowl. You’ll all fall back to reality soon.

  53. bonniebengal says: Sep 30, 2013 7:12 AM

    Andy Dalton sucks.

  54. mikemcdorman says: Sep 30, 2013 8:49 AM

    The Browns are playing better football (particuarly on defense) than the rest of the AFC North.

    Sweep the Steelers. Bring back the Ravens. We have a chance at winning the division!

  55. barkymingo says: Sep 30, 2013 10:20 AM

    @mikebrownfeedsondreams – you’re on a Browns post so there will probably be quite a few Browns fans posting on it, sorry. And sorry that the Bengals are overhyped.

    I’m also not sure why people are making excuses saying that the Bengals were missing players on Defense when it was your offense that looked offensive. Haden completely ate up Green and your run game couldn’t do anything against the front 7. You even made Skrine look like a starting caliber CB. Hoyer > Weeden > Dalton. Maybe you guys can trade for Freeman. GO BROWNS!!!

  56. 1beforeidie says: Sep 30, 2013 10:21 AM

    Great day to be a Clevelander…Browns win, Buckeyes win, Tribe makes the playoffs, Steelers lost, Ravens lost, and Bengals lost (to us)!

    Hoyer is looking great and making a case to be the starting QB moving forward.

    Mingo and the rest of the defense has been fantastic so far and looks legit.

    A.J. Green has givin Joe Haden nightmares in previous match-ups, but Haden definately won this round. He’s playing like an All-Pro right now.

  57. snakeskinsoul says: Sep 30, 2013 11:55 AM

    2 games does not a season (or a quarterback) make…BUT the Bengals have been a playoff team. The Browns defense is MUCH better than last year and they weren’t that bad then.

    If Hoyer keeps playing with brains and guts we could legitimately be able to change our draft plans and use those two 1st rounders in other areas…what a luxury that would be.

    Young teams with some talent usually have growing pains and tend to be inconsistent and I expect that out of the Browns….so probably a season of ups and downs.

    BUT WE ARE COMING.

  58. sbchampsagain says: Sep 30, 2013 12:19 PM

    Sorry, not yet, Brownies.

    Cleveland is actually second in the AFCN behind the defending SB champions, The Ravens.

    They lost the H2H against Baltimore last week.

  59. bengals3285 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:55 PM

    Good game for the browns but for all the people who are ripping the bengals players on offense and saying they got out played… No, try got out coached. Hayden is a great CB but our OC has got to be the worst play caller in the nfl. I love his attitude towards the game but Gruden is a terrible play caller. We need a new OC ASAP if we want to go anywhere this year. But again, browns played very well. I said before the season started that they were gonna be a lot better of a football te than most people expected.

  60. redbengalnation says: Sep 30, 2013 7:54 PM

    Andy Kitna looked like the quarterback in his 2nd NFL start and hoyer looked like a seasoned vet. So sick of Kitna clone noodle-arming balls short, behind guys, over their heads, staring down his recievers , etc. this guy sucks. and to think the 9ers got kaepernick right after andy kitna. way to whiff on that that one marv! unfortunately we have the rest of the season and probably next to watch kitna clone continue to miss throws to the best receiver in the AFC. we are going absolutely NO WHERE unless our defense can turn into Baltimore of the 2000’s and score for us.

  61. earlywormgetseaten says: Sep 30, 2013 9:33 PM

    12 weeks to go people… Pump the brakes.

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