Cleveland – The Cleveland Browns rode a dominant defense and scored two touchdown runs from Nick Chubb to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 32-13 on Monday Night Football in Cleveland. .
On Halloween night, the Browns finally came to life.
Cleveland buried Cincinnati quarterback Joe Burrow en route to a dominant win, giving a shocking season heading into a bye week.
The Bengals entered ‘Monday Night Football’ with their 41st consecutive scoring streak. But a suddenly revived Browns defense broke that streak and kept Cincinnati scoreless in the first half. The Bengals’ defense also hadn’t allowed a touchdown in the second half all season. However, Cleveland scored touchdowns on the first two drives of halftime to put the game out of reach.
The Browns (3-5) still have work to do to reach the AFC playoffs. But this win means their season is unlikely to end.
Purchased at Breakout Performance: The Browns entered the week ranked 30th in defensive efficiency. But after a promising performance in last weekend’s loss in Baltimore, the Cleveland defense finally lived up to preseason expectations. Talent has never been an issue. The Browns may have revealed the chemistry and cohesion they lacked.
Eye-popping next-gen stats: Browns QB Jacoby Brissett was given an average throw of 3.24 seconds per pass. As a result, he completed 17 of 22 passes for 278 yards.
Bold predictions for next week: After a week of trade rumors surrounding running back Kareem Hunt, the Browns won’t address him before Tuesday’s trade deadline. Monday’s loss may have prompted Cleveland to trade Hunt, who is in the final year of his contract, for a late-round pick. Hunt’s key role in the Cleveland offense against the Bengals should be enough to convince the Browns to ride him through the rest of the season. — Jake Trotter
Underestimated stats to know: Myles Garrett’s first-half sacks made him the first Browns player to record at least 65 sacks since statistics were made official in 1982.
Next game: Dolphins (November 13 at 1pm)
With the Bengals battling the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North race, a loss to the Browns would hurt Cincinnati’s chances of re-challenging as division champions. Cincinnati (4-4) not only lost, they were devastated by a loss that didn’t feel as close as the final score suggested.
Last season, the Bengals dominated Baltimore and Pittsburgh with a 4-2 record against AFC North. A five-game losing streak to Cleveland in the interteam series reduced Cincinnati’s margin of error for the remainder of the season.
Please describe this game in two words. Brutal display. Cincinnati’s night started off passably and unraveled throughout the game, with the Bengals failing even to face a struggling Cleveland team.
QB Breakdown: Without Chase, Cincinnati’s offense resembled a unit that struggled early in the season. Unlike last week’s game against the Atlanta Falcons, Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was restricted from playing downfield. According to the NFL Next Gen Stats, Burrow’s first 15 of his 21 attempts had him 10 airs or less for yards. Burrow made several downfield shots when the game was balanced. But whether it was because of Chase’s absence or for some other reason, Burrow and the offense didn’t have it.
Important play: Once again, Garrett caused trouble for Cincinnati. On the Bengals’ first drive of the game, things looked promising until Garrett scrimmage off his line and shot Burrow his pass into the air. Browns cornerback AJ Green III intercepted the deflection. From there, the Bengals played on the back foot, ultimately never recovering.
Holes in the game plan: With all the chatter about Cleveland’s rushing offense, it was backup quarterback Brissett who shot Cincinnati’s defense in the air. At one point, the Browns were averaging 9.2 yards per pass attempt. Cincinnati’s efforts took a heavy hit when cornerback Chidve Ouzy left the game with a right knee injury at the end of the first half. Rookie Cam Taylor-Britt, a second-round pick on this year’s team, made his first NFL start against the Orgies. — Ben Baby
Underestimated stats to know: Burrow has thrown an interception on the first drive in each of his last three starts against the Browns.
Next game: vs. Panthers (Sunday at 1pm ET)