Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals 11/5/15 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Bengals 31, Browns 10
November 5, 2015
Kicking off the Week 9 Schedule on “Thursday Night Football,” we had an AFC North matchup between the Browns and Bengals. Cleveland was coming into this one after losing to the Cardinals in their last outing, while Cincinnati stayed undefeated with a win over the Steelers in Week 8. They’d keep their magical season moving here.
Let’s take a closer look at a few of the key players and stats from the game so that we can figure out why things happened the way they did. Afterward we’ll look ahead to Week 10 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: The Bengals were able to strike first here, with Andy Dalton hooking up with Tyler Eifert on a 9-yard TD pass to cap a 63-yard drive. The Browns were able to muster a field goal in response, making it 7-3 at the end of the first.
In the second quarter, Eifert and Dalton struck again, this time on a 2-yard score to make it 14-3. The Browns got some life after that, as QB Johnny Manziel led the team on a 10-play, 92-yard drive ending in a 12-yard TD pass to Duke Johnson.
At the half, we had a pretty tight game at 14-10.
After the break, things stayed relatively close. The only scoring was a 28-yard Mike Nugent field goal that put the Bengals up by a touchdown.
Cincinnati pulled away in the third, however, starting with a Mohamed Sanu 25-yard TD run off a reverse. Eifert and Dalton would hook up again one more time for a 19-yard TD pass that put the final score at 31-10 Bengals.
Cincinnati is now 8-0 for the first time in franchise history and has an iron lock on the AFC North.
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The Stars: Dalton was great here, posting a 21-of-27 line for 234 yards and three touchdowns. Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill combined for 28 rushes and 134 yards all together. Eifert posted 53 yards and his trio of touchdowns, while Marvin Jones led the team in receiving with five receptions for 78 yards.
Both teams were great with ball security; there were no interceptions nor fumbles in this game. It was also a pretty clean game, with just six penalties between the two teams.
The Goats: It’s easy to blame the lack of offense totally on Manziel, who finished with a 15-of-33 line for 168 yards and the score, but he had no help around him, either. Isaiah Crowell could only muster 38 yards on 10 carries in the run game, while TE Gary Barnidge was criminally underused with just two receptions for 35 yards.
Manziel was sacked three times, all in the fourth quarter. The Browns defense could only get to Dalton twice, while allowing a 9-for-15 mark on third and fourth downs.
Injuries: The Bengals were hit pretty hard with injuries this week. They were missing Joe Haden, Donte Whitner, Brian Hartline and Andrew Hawkins to concussions. We’ll have to keep an eye on those players and see if any can make it back for Week 10.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 10, the Browns will be back in action on Sunday, November 15 with a trip to Pittsburgh to see the Steelers (1:00 PM ET on CBS).
Meanwhile, the Bengals get another home primetime game when the Texans come to visit on “Monday Night Football” November 16 (8:30 PM ET: on ESPN).
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