Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals 11/6/14 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 10 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
November 6, 2014
Kicking off the Week 10 action in the NFL on “Thursday Night Football,” we had a divisional battle of Ohio bragging rights between the Browns and the Bengals. Cleveland was coming off a five-point win over the Bucs, while Cincinnati took care of business against the Jaguars in Week 9. In this divisional matchup, the Browns got the last laugh.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the key players and statistics from this one so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll look ahead to Week 11 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: Cincinnati didn’t show much life in this game, especially on offense. The Browns got things rolling early on a 4-yard Ben Tate run, which put them up 7-0 and turned out to be all the scoring they needed. Cincinnati would respond on a 43-yard field goal from Mike Nugent, but wouldn’t see the scoreboard for the rest of the night.
In the second, Isaiah Crowell punched one in from two yards out, and later in the period Billy Cundiff nailed a 32 yard field goal to put Cleveland up 17-3 at the break.
After the half, Terrance West put up a 1-yard run to extend the Browns’ lead to 24-3, and that’s the way the score would remain for the rest of the evening.
The former bottom-feeding Browns are on top of the division now, sharing an AFC North lead with Pittsburgh, pending the Steelers’ game against the woeful Jets on Sunday. It’s the Browns’ best start in the last 20 years (6-3) and snaps a streak of 17 straight road losses to divisional opponents. Their last win in that column came against Cincinnati in 2008.
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The Stars: The Browns’ running game was rocking in this one. Minus Brian Hoyer’s four carries for one yard, the three backs combined for 169 yards on 48 totes. Terrance West had the biggest impact with 94 yards on 26 carries with his touchdown.
Defensively, the team was great as well, picking up four turnovers (three picks; one fumble) and shutting down the Cincinnati offense (165 total yards).
The Goats: You can point the finger at Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton here pretty easily. He went just 10-for-33 for 86 yards and three interceptions. Really, though, the whole offense was shut down. Uber-receiver A.J. Green--whom the team really needs if they’re going to be successful--had just three grabs for 23 yards while being shadowed by CB Joe Haden. The team would average just 1.9 yards per pass.
Injuries: The Browns were missing top receiver Andrew Hawkins, thanks to a knee/thigh injury. It hardly mattered, though, as the team rode its running game and defense to an easy victory here.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 11, both teams will be back in action. The Browns will host the incoming Texans (Sunday, Nov. 16; 1:00 PM ET: on CBS), while the Bengals will head down south to take on the Saints (Sunday, Nov. 16; 1:00 PM ET on CBS).
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