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Mangini Watch Intensifies; Browns Lose to Bengals 19-17

Last December Eric Mangini won four games to save his job. This December he may just have lost to another two win team to lose it.

Playing a Bengals team that hasn’t won a game since September 26th, the Bengals had lost 10 in a row before being able to run all day on the Browns, pulling out a 19-17 win.

The loss puts the Browns at 5-9, and puts quite a bit more heat on Mangini, as it was reported this past week that he needed to win two of his last three games to keep his job in 2011.

If that is true, then he will need to beat the two best teams in the division the next two weeks, the Ravens and Steelers. Maybe the only thing going is both games are at home, and based on the Steelers next two games, there’s a chance they might not need to play for anything in that final game.

Nevertheless, a loss to the Bengals has got to be perceived as a rather big step backwards for a team that beat the Saints and Patriots at points in the season.

The Bengals had a great day on the ground, as Cedric Benson ran for 135 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries, and overall Cincy outgained the Browns 385 yards to 190.

Colt McCoy, playing for the first time since the Jacksonville loss, played hard, but overall the offense didn’t do near enough to get a win. McCoy was 19-for-23 or 243 yards with two touchdowns and a QB rating of 130.

Peyton Hillis was again held in check, rushing for just 59 yards on 14 carries, a 4.2 yards per carry average, and a long of 18 yards. Brian Robiskie and Robert Royal each caught TD passes in defeat.

Carson Palmer threw for 209 yards on 14-of-23 completions for Cincinnati. Clint Stitser kicked four field goals and Andre Caldwell caught four passes for 89 yards in the victory.

The Browns have dropped four of their last six, and now will limp home for their final two games against division rivals Baltimore and Pittsburgh.



  1. Cleveland Mark

    December 19, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I thought Holmgren keeping Mangini last year (after one year on the job) was a good move because it gave him a lot of flexibility. It hasn’t worked out despite getting some better talent. Mangini has to go. His teams play up or down to the competition. Time for Holmgren to take firm control and responsibility for the win/loss record. My continuing complaint is the line of scrimmage. Football games are won and lost at the line of scrimmage. Put all your money, scouting, and effort into having the best lines in football.

  2. Muhr

    December 19, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    nati- 1 punt.

    I don’t think I will pin this loss on the offense. Yea, they couldn’t run the ball, but that doesn’t excuse the D giving up 200 on the ground to THAT team.

  3. Dan B.

    December 19, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    Where in the HE– was the defense? Uhhhh, nothing to say Rob? Four weeks in a row the defense has let a pathetic offense off the hook and got ran and thrown all over…AGAIN! everyone is screaming for Mangini and Daboll’s heads, but what about Ryan? He keeps getting left off the hook.

    Don’t get me wrong, Daboll needs to go, but don’t throw everything on M and D and not Ryan. How does CIN run and thrown on us like that today? They all have some thinking to do, Keep Mangini and Ryan, but put their feet to the fire, as well as the players, they are the ons that have to execute. They obviously did against NO and NE, we know they can do it. GET RID OF DABOLL!!!!!!

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