When asked if the Cleveland Browns were simply better than the Cincinnati Bengals, rookie running back Jeremy Hill offered an interesting perspective.
"Oh no, not at all. They're probably worse than I thought, to be honest with you," Hill said after the game (quote via ESPN). "They didn't do anything special to me. I mean, respect to them, they won the game. But that's all I'll give them."
Isn't that the point? When history looks back on this game, they'll see that Cleveland won a game by 21 points, which ironically felt closer than what it was. The final score is the best indicator to determine the better team. And we're not talking about a fluke win by an awful team. Cleveland has lodged themselves into first place in the AFC North and the Bengals are balancing a season where last place is a very real possibility. We're not talking about the Bengals looking past an inferior opponent either... this was primetime game against a division opponent.
So if the Browns were worse than he thought, than does that say about his own team?
Hill, who was actually one of the better performers on Cincinnati's offense, finished with 55 yards rushing on 12 carries and a 4.6 yard/rush average. The rest of Cincinnati's offense ran 10 times for 31 yards, and that even included a James Wright 13-yarder.
The Bengals head to Cleveland for a re-match on Dec. 14 (week 15).