Browns Can’t Stop Green; Fall to Dalton and the Bengals 31-17

Cleveland Browns v Cincinnati Bengals

A.J. Green juggled oranges on a postgame show after a win earlier this season, showing off for the cameras. His latest sleight-of-hand got a touchdown and turned a game.

And maybe the Bengals’ season, too.

Green’s one-handed catch in the middle of an end zone scrum highlighted Cincinnati’s day full of big plays, and the Bengals pulled away to another lopsided victory over their intrastate rival, beating the winless Cleveland Browns 31-17 on Sunday.

Green’s 48-yard touchdown catch on the final play of the first half helped the Bengals (3-4) regain their footing in the injury-depleted AFC North.

“We needed it in a big way,” said Brandon LaFell, who caught a 44-yard touchdown pass.

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Browns vs Bengals NFL Week Seven Inactives

Browns: QB Josh McCown, WR Corey Coleman, CB Joe Haden, DB Marcus Burley, FB Dan Vitale, LB Corey Lemonier, TE Seth DeValve

QB Jeff Driskel, WR Cody Core, CB KeiVarae Russell, CB Chykie Brown, CB Chris Lewis-Harris, OL Christian Westerman, DL DeShawn Williams

Browns at Bengals NFL Week Seven Capsule



STREAKS   4 of past 5
COACHES VS. OPP. Hue Jackson: 0-0 Marvin Lewis: 18-8
LAST WEEK L 28-26 at Tennessee L 35-17 at New England
LAST GAME 12/6/15: Bengals 37 at Browns 3. Cincinnati WR A.J. Green has 5 receptions for 128 yards & TD. Bengals RB Jeremy Hill rushes for 98 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/5/15: Bengals 31, Browns 10. Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton passes for 234 yards & 3 TDs. Bengals TE Tyler Eifert has 5 receptions for 53 yards & 3 TDs.
REFEREE Ed Hochuli
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker, Steve Buerlein (Field reporter). SIRIUS:  132 (Cle), 81 (Cin). XM: 384 (Cle), 225 (Cin).


PASSING Cody Kessler (R): 80-122-865-4-1-93.8 Andy Dalton: 147-218-1757 (3L)-6-2-97.2
RUSHING Isaiah Crowell: 83-432-5.2-3 Jeremy Hill: 75-271-3.6-3
RECEIVING Terrelle Pryor: 33-413-12.5-3 A.J. Green: 42 (1L)-606 (3L)-14.4-2
OFFENSE 348.0 364.8
DEFENSE 403.3 355.0
SACKS Cam Johnson: 2 Carlos Dunlap: 4
INTs Jamar Taylor, Joe Haden: 2 4 tied: 1
PUNTING Britton Colquitt: 47.5 Kevin Huber: 44.2
KICKING Cody Parkey: 27 (6/6 PAT; 7/10 FG) Mike Nugent: 49 (10/10 PAT; 13/15 FG)


BROWNS: Rookie QB CODY KESSLER had career-high 336 yards & 2 TDs (105.3 rating) last week…In past 3 vs. division, RB ISAIAH CROWELL has 265 scrimmage yards (88.3 per game) & rush TD. Has 6 rush TDs in past 10. RB DUKE JOHNSON, JR. had TD catch in last game at Cin. Has 85 catches since 2015, 4th most by NFL RB…T JOE THOMAS is only OL in NFL history to be selected to Pro Bowl in each of 1st 9 seasons. Has started all 150 games in career…WR TERRELLE PRYOR had career-high 2 rec. TDs last week. Is only player in NFL with rush TD, rec. TD & 5+ pass att. in 2016. In past 3 on road, has 283 scrimmage yards (94.3 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rec., 1 rush)…DT DANNY SHELTON had 1st career sack last week. In past 2 at Cin., CB JOE HADEN has 2 INTs (incl. 29-yard INT-TD) & FR. Since 2010, CBs Haden (95) & TRAMON WILLIAMS (93) are top 2 in NFL in PD…BENGALS: QB ANDY DALTON aims for 4th win in row vs. Cle. In past 2 meetings, has 5 TDs, 0 INTs & 142.8 rating…RB JEREMY HILL has 10 rush TDs in past 14 (incl. playoffs). Since 2014, has 23 rush TDs, tied for most in NFL. Has rushed for 298 yards (99.3 per game) & 3 TDs in past 3 meetings. RB GIOVANI BERNARD has 172 scrimmage yards (86 per game) in past 2 at home vs. Cle…WR A.J. GREEN had 5 catches for 128 yards & TD in last meeting. In past 8 vs. division (incl. playoffs), has 47 catches for 801 yards (100.1 per game) & 7 TDs. Has 6 TDs in past 6 at home (incl. playoffs). TE TYLER EIFERT had career-high 3 TDs in last meeting. WR BRANDON LA FELL has 3 TDs in past 2. DT GENO ATKINS has 42.5 sacks since 2011, most by NFL DT. DE CARLOS DUNLAP has 4 sacks in past 3 vs. Cle. Has 11 sacks in past 11 at home. Has 17.5 sacks in past 22. CB ADAM JONES is only active player in NFL with 2+ INT-TDs (2) & 5+ PR-TDs (5) in career.

Browns Fall to 0-6; Fall Short in Nashville to the Titans 28-26

Cleveland Browns v Tennessee Titans

Marcus Mariota threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns, and the Titans held on to beat the Browns 28-26 Sunday for their second straight victory — the first time they’ve won consecutive games since the end of the 2013 season.

The Titans (3-3) matched their win total for all of last season when they went 3-13 and wound up with the No. 1 draft pick overall. They also beat a team other than Jacksonville on their own field for the first time since the 2013 season finale and improved to 3-16 in Nashville.

Cleveland (0-6) now is mired in its worst start since 1999 when the Browns lost their first seven as an expansion franchise.

Not that the Titans care after losing to the Browns each of the past two seasons, especially with the Browns nearly pulling off another thrilling comeback. They made NFL history here in 2014 rallying from 25 points down to win.

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Browns at Titans NFL Week Six Inactives

Browns: QB Josh McCown, WR Corey Coleman, CB Joe Haden, FB Dan Vitale, TE Randall Telfer, TE Seth DeValve, DL Xavier Cooper

Titans: NT Al Woods, CB Cody Riggs, WR Harry Douglas, S Curtis Riley, LB Aaron Wallace, TE Jace Amaro, G Sebastian Tretola

Former Baylor Coach Art Briles Helping Out in Guest Stint with the Browns

Art Briles

Former Baylor coach Art Briles is serving a guest stint with the Cleveland Browns, and coach Hue Jackson believes that giving him a second chance is the right thing to do, Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer reports.

Briles was on the practice field Wednesday in Browns garb Wednesday, specifically focusing on the quarterbacks during the period open to the media.

Jackson, who invited Briles to help out, will “pick his brains” on offense and several times referred to him as a “tremendous offensive mind.”

He said Briles will be here for a while, but not a long time. He cleared Briles’ presence with the Browns’ higher-ups.

Briles was fired by Baylor amid the sexual assault scandal involving student-athletes, but maintains his innocence. He told in August he hopes to be back in coaching by December.

Browns at Titans NFL Week Six Capsule



STREAKS 5 of past 7  
COACHES VS. OPP. Hue Jackson: 0-0 Mike Mularkey: 1-1
LAST WEEK L 33-13 vs. New England W 30-17 at Miami
LAST GAME 9/20/15: Tennessee 14 at Cleveland 28. Cleveland QB Johnny Manziel passes for 172 yards & 2 TDs for 133.9 rating. Browns RB Isaiah Crowell rushes for 72 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/5/14: Browns 29, Titans 28. Cleveland QB Brian Hoyer passes for 291 yards & 3 TDs. Browns erase 25-point deficit to complete largest road comeback in NFL history.
REFEREE Carl Cheffers
BROADCAST CBS (1:00 PM ET): Tom McCarthy, Adam Archuleta. SIRIUS: 119 (Cle), 145 (Ten). XM: 382 (Cle), 227 (XM).


PASSING Cody Kessler (R): 54-81-529-2-1-87.9 Marcus Mariota: 100-165-1088-7-5-81.6
RUSHING Isaiah Crowell: 74-416-5.6-3 DeMarco Murray: 93-461 (2L)-5.0-3
RECEIVING Terrelle Pryor: 24-338-14.1-1 DeMarco Murray (RB): 24-172-7.2-2
OFFENSE 349.4 358.0
DEFENSE 402.6 320.6
SACKS Cam Johnson: 2 Brian Orakpo: 6 (T3L)
INTs Jamar Taylor, Joe Haden: 2 Jason McCourty, Perrish Cox: 2
PUNTING Britton Colquitt: 46.5 Brett Kern: 46.5
KICKING Cody Parkey: 19 (4/4 PAT; 5/8 FG) Ryan Succop: 26 (8/9 PAT; 6/7 FG)


BROWNS: Rookie QB CODY KESSLER has thrown TD pass in each of past 2 games…RB ISAIAH CROWELL ranks 3rd in AFC with 416 rush yards. Has 6 rush TDs in past 9. Had rush TD in last meeting. RB DUKE JOHNSON, JR. has 81 catches since 2015, 4th most by NFL RB…T JOE THOMAS is only OL in NFL history to be selected to Pro Bowl in each of 1st 9 seasons. Has started all 149 games in career…WR TERRELLE PRYOR is only player in NFL with rush TD, rec. TD & 5+ pass att. in 2016. In past 2 on road, has 205 scrimmage yards (102.5 per game) & 2 TDs (1 rec., 1 rush). TE GARY BARNIDGE has 9 rec. TDs since 2015, tied for 4th most by NFL TE. WR ANDREW HAWKINS had TD catch last week…LB CAM JOHNSON has 2 sacks, 3 TFL & FF in past 2. Since 2010, CBs JOE HADEN (95) & TRAMON WILLIAMS (92) are top 2 in NFL in PD. DT JAMIE MEDER had 1st career sack in last meeting. Had sack last week…TITANS: QB MARCUS MARIOTA passed for 2 TDs, 0 INTs & 96.3 rating in only career start vs. Cle. Passed for 3 TDs, 0 INTs & 117.5 rating with rush TD last week…Since 2013, RB DE MARCO MURRAY leads NFL with 31 rush TDs & is 2nd with 4,129 rush yards. In past 3, has rushed for 330 yards (110 per game) & 3 TDs. Only player in NFL with 2+ rush TDs (3) & 2+ rec. TDs (2)…Since 2015, TE DELANIE WALKER ranks 2nd among NFL TEs in rec. yards (1,313) & ties for 2nd in catches (110). WR ANDRE JOHNSON is active leader in career catches (1,062) & ranks 2nd among active players with 14,185 rec. yards. Walker, Johnson & WR RISHARD MATTHEWS each had TD catch last week…Since 2013, DT JURRELL CASEY has 24.5 sacks, 2nd most by NFL DT. LB BRIAN ORAKPO has 6 sacks in past 4 & aims for 5th in row with sack. Casey, Orakpo & LB DERRICK MORGAN each had 2 sacks last week.

Browns Buried by Returning Brady and Patriots 33-13 to Fall to 0-5


Tom Brady, looking razor-sharp at times and relatively rust-free after serving his four-game “Deflategate” suspension, passed for 406 yards and three touchdowns to Martellus Bennett in his hyped return and the Patriots thumped the Browns 33-13 on Sunday.

Brady was back — much to the relief of teammates and New England fans everywhere — following a ban for his role in the scandal in which an NFL investigation found the Patriots under-inflated footballs in the 2015 AFC championship game.

Brady fought Commissioner Roger Goodell’s ruling for more than a year before he begrudgingly accepted his punishment.

He took out some of that built-up frustration on the Browns (0-5), throwing for 271 yards in the first half, as the Patriots (4-1) rebounded after being shut out last week at home by Buffalo.

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