At some point in time, the Brian Hoyer offense will take a seat for a much-needed Johnny Manziel spark. And Hoyer isn't necessarily to blame. Cleveland's defense allowed four touchdowns on Tennessee's first five first-half possessions -- capped by a Charlie Whitehurst 75-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunter, taking a 28-3 lead with 2:44 remaining in the second quarter.
Apparently, that's when Cleveland said... we've had enough.
Cleveland bounced back with a one-yard touchdown to tight end Jim Dray, a 42-yard Billy Cundiff field goal and a safety via a Tank Carder blocked punt, reducing a 25-point deficit to 13 points. With seven minutes remaining in the fourth, Hoyer evaded a rush to find Travis Benjamin for a 17-yard touchdown and then, with 1:15 remaining in the game, a six-yard touchdown throw to Benjamin to take a 29-28 lead.
It was over when...
With nine second remaining in the game, down by a point, Charlie Whitehurst hits Kendall Wright on a 16-yard pass. However, Wright was unable to get out of bounds and the clock expired.
It was REALLY over when...
Benjamin caught his second touchdown pass of the game, giving Cleveland a 29-28 lead with over a minute remaining in the game. Cleveland impressively scored 26 unanswered points. K'Waun Williams sacked Charlie Whitehurst with 19 seconds remaining, putting Tennessee at their own 37 yard-line forcing them to use their time out.
Implications for the Bengals
None for now. If the Bengals and Browns have identical records at the end of the season and split the regular season series, the Titans game is meaningless because Cleveland and Cincinnati both beat Tennessee.
What's next for the Browns
The Browns will host the Steelers in Cleveland next week.