Sep 16, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden (3) runs with the ball in the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US Presswire
The Cleveland Browns were driving... again. It's third down and seven when Brandon Weeden hit running back Chris Ogbonnaya with under four minutes remaining in the second quarter. Ogbonnaya easily picks up the first down when Terence Newman forces the fumble, recovered by defensive end Michael Johnson. Cincinnati didn't bother converting points for the defensive effort. Jermaine Gresham was called for holding, putting the Bengals behind schedule with a first and 20. Andy Dalton and A.J. Green failed too hook up on a quick slant, Jermaine Gresham picked up nine yards over the middle and Andy Dalton was forced to scramble on third and 11.
Kevin Huber punts the football inside the five-yard line, where Andrew Hawkins downs the football following a one-yard bounce to the six. Trent Richardson gained nine yards, but lost a yard (at least because it was a terrible spot) on second down thanks to a Domata Peko stuff behind the line of scrimmage. The Browns converted third and two from their own 15-yard line on an excellent 18-yard reception by Massaquoi sliding through sideline after establishing the reception.
The Browns have first down from their own 33-yard line with :54 seconds in the second quarter. Weeden takes the drop and trying to avoid Robert Geathers by stepping up and around the defensive end. Unfortunately for Weeden, Vinny Rey was there to drop the quarterback for an eight-yard loss on the quarterback sack.
Despite using their final timeout of the half, the Browns ran the football to wipe out the first half clock. The Cincinnati Bengals head into the lockerroom with a 17-10 lead.