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Bengal Bytes 12/7): Not even close

Recapping just how much better the Bengals are than the Browns. While Johnny Manziel might be starting the rest of the season, Mike Pettine might not be the one coaching him. The Patriots lost another game and completely shake up the standings.

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Bengals finish off Browns in another rout
CLEVELAND- Quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green returned to the home of their 2011 NFL debut Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium and lit up the Browns on the way to put the finishing touches on a 37-3 victory.

Andy Dalton, A.J. Green and Jeremy Hill get Bengals 'turnt' in overpowering win
The Bengals need their playmakers to carry them down the stretch, and they took the first step in a dominant win over Cleveland. Cincinnati's win was its third straight over the Browns. The Bengals have now won the past three meetings by a combined 98-13.

Bengals plaster lowly Browns in Battle of Ohio
The playoff-bound Cincinnati Bengals (10-2) turned the Battle of Ohio into an embarrassing wipeout for the down-and-out Browns (2-10) in a 37-3 win over Cleveland on Sunday. Here's what you need to know:

Analysis: Why Bengals beat Browns
Even by Browns' standards, this 37-3 final marks a disturbing low for the franchise. Thousands of empty seats scattered across all three decks of the stadium. Fans wore bags on their heads. The loyalest of franchise followers couldn't even muster up enough anger to boo, instead moving to an almost comatose, glazed-over numbness.

Bengals dominate Browns again as Dalton, Green reach milestones
Since losing to the Cleveland Browns 24-3 last Nov. 6 the Bengals have owned them over their last three meetings. The latest beating came on Sunday before a crowd of 64,775 in FirstEnergy Stadium when the Bengals rolled to a 37-3 victory.

Bengals win fourth down, leads to rout of Browns
A point of emphasis for the top scoring defense in the league on Sunday would be defending all four downs, a scenario Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said his defense would have to be ready for on Sunday in Cleveland.

Jeremy Hill: Leap into Cleveland Browns' stands 'spur of the moment'
All week, Jeremy Hill kept telling himself to stay out of the front row of FirstEnergy Stadium's stands. He didn't listen.

Behind Enemy Lines

Bengals-Browns: Cleveland Swept by Cincinnati in 37-3 Blowout Loss
the Cleveland Browns were beaten and bruised from start to finish in a 37-3 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. It certainly wasn't a memorable day for QB Austin Davis, who was making his first start of the year for the club. Davis didn't have an awful performance, but when the quarterback play isn't the reason you get blown out, it's indicative of just how bad of a football team you are in general.

Cleveland Browns have to be wishing this miserable season were over
Can this Cleveland Browns season end soon enough? A dismal season has somehow gotten worse the longer it has gone on for the Browns. The latest fiasco was another beatdown from the other team in Ohio, as the Bengals followed up a 31-10 win in Cincinnati with a 37-3 embarrassment in Cleveland on Sunday.

Johnny Manziel told he will start again this season for the Cleveland Browns, sources tell ESPN's Chris Mortensen
Johnny Manziel, benched after the emergence of video of the quarterback partying in Texas, has been told he will start again this season, sources told ESPN.

Jimmy Haslam hasn't assured Browns' Mike Pettine he'll make it through the season
Coach Mike Pettine acknowledged after Sunday's 37-3 loss to the Bengals that Jimmy Haslam hasn't given him any assurances yet that he'll make it through the season.

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