Browns beat Bengals 21-16 to finish season 8-9

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Cleveland has finished its season on a high note.

Without starting quarterback Baker Mayfield, the Browns defeated the Bengals 21-16 on Sunday to finish their season 8-9.

With the Browns also out of playoff contention, D’Ernest Johnson got the bulk of the work at running back and finished with 123 yards on 25 carries with a 4-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Nick Chubb had 58 yards on nine carries.

Case Keenum was 17-of-24 passing for 176 yards with two touchdowns, an interception, and a lost fumble that was returned for a touchdown.

Bengals receiver Ja’Marr Chase caught two passes for 26 yards in the first quarter to set a new single-season franchise record in receiving yards. He then rested like Cincinnati’s starting quarterback for the remainder of the game.

Quarterback Brandon Allen finished 15-of-29 passing for 136 yards with a touchdown.

After winning the AFC North, the Bengals will play a home playoff game next week, though their opponent is still to be determined based on the results of the rest of Sunday’s AFC contests.

9 responses to “Browns beat Bengals 21-16 to finish season 8-9

  1. MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO DIFFERENCE EVEN IF BROWNS HAD BEATEN BENGALS 60-0!!!!! BROWNS STILL FINISH SEASON IN LAST PLACE IN AFC NORTH!!!! BROWNS’ SEASON IS OVER!!! SEE YOU SEPTEMBER 2022!!! BENGALS FINISH SEASON IN FIRST PLACE IN AFC NORTH, BEATING BOTH STEELERS & RAVENS TWICE!!!! BENGALS HEADED TO PLAYOFFS!!! GO BENGALS!!!! WHO DEY????

  2. I correctly predicted 8-9 BEFORE THE SEASON and said the Browns would miss the playoffs. All those thumbs downs taste really sweet right now

  3. hahaha…Weren’t the Browns suppose to be Super Bowl bound? A young philosopher once said it best “The Browns is the Browns”.

  4. This shows that Stefanski doesn’t know how to evaluate talent. Case Keenum won two games for them, but he still tried to force the Baker into the lineup. I understand Cincy were playing backups. It’s not what Keenum does, it’s what he doesn’t do, he doesn’t try to force a play where there is none, he throws it away instead of taking a negative play. He’s not an egomaniac like Baker.

  5. The Browns should have started Keenum the whole season. He won 2 games for them correct??

  6. There is no way the Steelers should have gotten into the playoffs. It’s Ben’s last year, so you KNOW that was going to happen. For those who always say the NFL is scripted, I’m starting to believe them. They got the Jaguars beating the Colts. I’m not buying it. If the NFL is not scripted, then I should be wrong by saying the Super Bowl will be the Patriots and the Bucs with Tom Brady having the game winning drive… All SCRIPTED.

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