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Bengals shock Browns in season opener, 27-17

 

A.J. Green (U of Georgia photo)

Rookie wide receiver A.J. Green caught Cleveland’s secondary napping to score his first career catch, a 41-yard touchdown from backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski as the Cincinnati Bengals spoiled a sloppy debut by Cleveland under new head coach Pat Shurmur.

The Bengals won 27-17.

Gradkowski, who played for the Browns in 2008, came on in relief of injured rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, called for a quick snap as the Browns were still trying to figure out the Bengals offensive alignment, lobbed the ball to Green, who scored with 4:31 to go in the game and shocked the Browns and all the fans in Cleveland Stadium.

The Browns fell to 1-12 in season openers since their return to the NFL in 1999.

Another bright spot was Bengals running back Cedric Benson, who rushed for 121 yards and cemented the game with a 39-yard run down the right sideline for a TD with 1:49 to play.

Dalton, the Bengals rookie QB, looked good in the team’s first three drives. The second-round pick from TCU, took advantage of good field position to help the team to a 13-0 lead; two Mike Nugent field goals of 24 and 47 yards and a 2-yard TD pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham.

But the Browns came alive in the second quarter after a long Joshua Cribbs kickoff return.

Cleveland QB Colt McCoy threw a 34-yard TD pass to tight end Benjamin Watson halfway through the second quarter for their first score.

McCoy then threw a 56-yard completion to Mohammed Massaquoi, the longest pass of his career, set up a 2-yard TD to tight end Evan Moore, three plays later and the Browns led 14-13.

McCoy, is the Browns’ eighth different opening-game QB in the last nine seasons.

The Browns led 14-13 at the half despite shooting itself in the foot with 10 penalties for 67 yards. While the Bengals were concered about their rookie QB Dalton, who had his right wrist injured in the second quarter. Although X-rays did not show anything severe at halftime, the Bengals coaching staff turned to the veteran Gradkowski, who had looked very capable as a backup during the preseason.

Dalton looked very poised and under control in his NFL debut. He completed 10 of 15 passes for 81 yards for a TD and a quarterback rating of 102.4.

During the game, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis became the longest tenured coach in team history when he began his ninth season with the team. He passed owner and founder Paul Brown (1969-75) and Sam Wyche (1984-91). He will soon become the winningest coach in franchise history.

The Bengals played the game without starting offensive guard Bobbie Williams, who is serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy against using performance enhancing substances.

Info compiled from Radio, TV, NFL, Cincinnati Bengals & Cleveland Browns news

Baltimore beats Cleveland 20-10

There was no surprise that the Ravens beat the Browns in Cleveland Stadium on Sunday, 20-10. But the surprise was the bad strategy decided upon by Browns head coach Eric Mangini.

The Browns kicked a field goal at the end of the first half, just to keep the ball away from the Baltimore Ravens.

On the second half kickoff, trailing by three points, Cleveland tried to trick the Ravens with an onsides kick which failed to go the required 10 yards. The Ravens got the ball in good field position, at the Browns 38 and three plays later they scored to put the game away for good.

Brian Robiske (file photo)

The Browns are now 5-10 on the season and 10-21 under Eric Mangini, who is on the hot seat again.

Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy threw three interceptions in his worst performance in his seventh game as a starter.

There was also a fumble by wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi.

The Browns did score for the second straight on a trick play as Massaquoi using a receiver razzle-dazzle option pass, found  Brian Robiske, who circled behind cornerback Chris Carr and cradled the ball while hitting the turf. The replay showed the ball was caught and touchdown.

The Ravens, now 11-4, sewed up a wild card berth in the playoffs but can be division champs if the Browns can pull off an upset of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

compiled from staff & Cleveland Browns news