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Morning Bites (11/18): Bengals beat Browns edition

Taking a look at the stories, reactions, and links to the Bengals win over the Cleveland Browns.

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John Grieshop

Doc: The 2013 Bengals don't play normal games
On Sunday, the Bengals won a game with a 31-point second quarter, in which they had the ball fewer than four minutes and managed only three first downs.

Bengals, once again, paced by defense
Within an hour of their 41-20 win over the Cleveland Browns, the Cincinnati Bengals were informally polled about which play in the event...

Special delivery to top of the AFC North
The best measurement of depth is that roster dance called special teams and in Sunday's desperate second quarter with the AFC North on the line they delivered 17 of the franchise-record 31 points to ignite the 41-20 victory.

To boo or not to boo: Michael Johnson takes issue
Following the second interception of Andy Dalton in the first quarter the crowd at Paul Brown Stadium turned on their quarterback and the offense. A chorus of boos reigned down from the stands after the Joe Haden pick-6 and later following an ineffective three-and-out possession.

Michael Johnson: Don't boo Bengals' offense
Michael Johnson believes in the Bengals' resiliency and QB Andy Dalton. He wants fans to do the same.

Michael Johnson of Cincinnati Bengals calls out fans for booing offense
For the thousands at Paul Brown Stadium who booed the Cincinnati Bengals offense early in Sundays game against the Cleveland Browns, defensive end Michael Johnson has the following message: Leave.

Backer bookends give Bengals AFC North edge with December left
If you want to know where the Bengals get this new brew of take-no-prisoners resiliency, you can find it in all corners of the locker room.

Homework pays off for Bengals' DiManche
Every week, Jayson DiManche takes notes on the special teams instructions of coordinator Darrin Simmons. Last week, at the bottom of the note sheet, he added one final point: Block a punt to help the team win.

Bengals' big second quarter downs Browns, 41-20
After falling behind 13-0 early in the game, the Bengals rallied for 31 unanswered second-quarter points in a 41-20 win against the Browns on Sunday to improve to 7-4.

Quick hits: Bengals healthy; Harrison turns it; Special teams cast Dye; Johnson upper hand
The locker room agreed that linebacker James Harrison's interception with the Bengals trailing, 13-0, turned the game.

Browns-Bengals Postgame Quotes
Marvin Lewis: "We showed great resilience, perseverance and the ability to come back today."

Bengals' offense failed to contribute
For the third consecutive week the Bengals offense failed to impress. Andy Dalton threw two ugly interceptions, the second returned for a touchdown by Browns cornerback Joe Haden. He only managed 93 passing yards on 48 percent completions.

A.J. Green stymied by 'great' Joe Haden
This time, just like the last time, an A.J. Green-Joe Haden tilt went in favor of the Cleveland Browns cornerback. As much as Green, the Cincinnati Bengals' tall, wiry wideout from the University of Georgia wanted to have a better outing Sunday than the one he had seven weeks ago, Haden was committed to making sure that didn't happen.

Loss produces first in Cleveland Browns history
If it seems like the Cleveland Browns accomplished something unusual in their 21-point loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, it’s because they did. The Browns had a blocked punt returned for a touchdown and a fumble returned for a touchdown.

Tough to win when you can't punt
It's not common for a team to have a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown. It's less common that a team has that happen in the same game when it has another punt tipped, holding said punt to 9 yards.

NFL Sunday’s 10 most attention-getting performances
Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was everywhere against division rivals Cleveland on Sunday. The second-year defensive star logged 15 tackles, including 10 solo tackles, and returned a fumble for a touchdown in a 41-20 Bengals win. Burfict, who went undrafted a year ago after a poor combine, is leading the Bengals in tackles for a second straight season, and has more than twice as many tackles as the next one of his teammates.

NFL Week 11 Winners and Losers: Nobody wants to take the final AFC playoff spot
When Andy Dalton threw a pick-six to give the Browns a 13-0 lead, the Bengals defense and special teams knew what it had to do. James Harrison's interception set up a touchdown, the Bengals forced a three-and-out on Cleveland's next drive to set up another score, then they returned a blocked punt and a fumble for touchdowns. Game over, and AFC North race most likely over.

By the numbers: Bengals' 31 second-quarter points a team record
Here are some of the more impressive (and most unimpressive) numbers from Week 11.

2013 NFL Grades, Week 11: Time to trust the Eagles?
Monster second quarter that featured 31 points propelled the Bengals to a victory. A pair of DST touchdowns helped in a big way as Andy Dalton and the offense didn't have to do too much legwork. (Dalton averaged 3.4 yards per attempt and still had three touchdowns.)