What They're Sayin' After Cincinnati's 23-20 Win Over The Cleveland Browns

CINCINNATI, OH - NOVEMBER 27: Jermaine Gresham #84 of the Cincinnati Bengals jumps over Eric Hagg #84 of the Cleveland Browns to catch a pass and make a first down at Paul Brown Stadium on November 27, 2011 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)

Following Cincinnati's 23-20 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, see what those around the national media are writing about our boys.

+ Don Banks from Sports Illustrated writes after Cincinnati's 23-20 win during his Snap Judgments.

With that gutsy 23-20 win at home against Cleveland, the Bengals proved they're not going away. A.J. Green and Andy Dalton continue to impress, with the rookie receiver-quarterback tandem hooking up on the 51-yard completion that turned the game inside of the final minute. The only time Cincinnati led all day was in the last 38 seconds of action.

The Bengals (7-4) have to head back into the heavyweight division of the AFC North next week at Pittsburgh, but I still believe there's a pretty good chance the Ravens, Steelers and Cincinnati all make the playoffs this season.

+ Jason Cole with Yahoo! Sports writes:

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton(notes) continues to show preternatural skill in tough situations. Down 20-10 midway through the third quarter, Dalton helped rally the Bengals to a touchdown and two field goals for a comeback victory over the Cleveland Browns.

+ Chris Burke wrote in SI's Audibles page:

Andy Dalton welcomed his favorite receiver back in style. Though Dalton performed admirably missing A.J. Green last week, the duo didn’t waste time getting together for big plays. Green had 110 yards on just three catches, including a 51-yarder. Dalton’s lone touchdown on the day went to Jermaine Gresham, but Green’s big-play ability was needed for a Bengals team that let the Browns hang in.

+ Fox Sports Ohio's Zac Jackson wrote:

Their latest trick came Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. The Bengals trailed most of the game and were behind by 10 points at two different stages of the second half. They rallied with the help of an interception and with style as Green snagged a high pass over the middle and turned it into a 51-yard gain that got the Bengals all the way to the Browns' 2-yard line.

It set up the winning field goal with 38 seconds left in what became a 23-20 victory, the Bengals' fifth after trailing in the fourth quarter. All 11 Bengals games have been decided in the final minutes, and a couple of rookies have been instrumental in one of the NFL's surprise teams coming out on the winning side seven times. 

+ Jamison Hensley of ESPN's AFC North blog writes:

The Bengals (7-4) remained in the thick of the playoff hunt with their fourth fourth-quarter comeback of the season. After not leading for the first 59 minutes of the game, Cincinnati won the game on Mike Nugent's 26-yard field goal with 38 seconds remaining. The Bengals rebounded from a two-game losing streak by scoring the final 13 points against Cleveland. The Browns (4-7) lost their eighth straight AFC North road game.

+ Peter King of Sports Illustrated ranks the Bengals 13th in his top-15.

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