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3 winners and 2 losers from Bengals’ Week 14 win over Browns

An ugly win is a win nonetheless.

NFL: Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Some things never change, including the Bengals beating the Browns.

For the fifth straight time, Cincinnati claimed victory over Cleveland in the Battle of Ohio. It wasn’t always pretty, but a win is a win in the NFL. Here is a look at our winners and losers from the game, which brought Cincinnati to 5-7-1 on the season and Cleveland to 0-13.

WINNERS

Tyler Boyd

Much of this game was the Tyler Boyd show as he was a featured part of the Bengals’ offense, and he showed it. Whether it was catching passes or taking handoffs, Boyd gashed the Browns for big play after big play. He finished with six catches for 49 yards to go with two runs for 40 yards.

With A.J. Green out of the lineup, Boyd was the clear-cut No. 1 receiver, a role he thrived in as Cincinnati relied on him heavily. That should continue as long as Green is out of the lineup.

Tyler Eifert

Since 2015, there isn’t a tight end in the NFL better at reaching the end zone than Tyler Eifert. After scoring 13 times in 13 games last year, Eifert is now up to five scores in seven games this year.

Two of those came against the Browns on Sunday as Eifert got into the end zone on two different red-zone trips. He finished the game with five catches for 48 yards and those two scores.

Jeremy Hill

This was the kind of game Jeremy Hill needed to get his confidence back. He’s been struggling as of late, including a 31-yard effort on 21 carries last week, one of his worst games as a pro.

Hill bounced back with authority in Cleveland both on the ground and through the air. He finished with 111 yards and one score on 25 runs along with three grabs for 31 yards. His season high for total yards was 192 yards vs the Browns in Week 6. In the two games against the Browns, Hill has totaled 334 yards against the Browns this season.

LOSERS

Eric Winston

This was a rough game for Eric Winston, who finally was able to take Cedric Ogbuehi’s job as the starting right tackle last week. However, that may not last for much longer after the way Winston played against Cleveland. He was a major liability throughout the game and even had a false start late that wiped out a Mike Nugent field goal (he made the next attempt).

That led to Jake Fisher getting a lot of snaps at right tackle as well. He didn’t fare much better, but since he’s the younger option just getting his feet under him, opposed to an aging vet in Winston, it may be time for the young guy to start.

Front Seven

The Bengals dominated this game in the first half en route to a 20-0 lead, and a big reason why was the front seven playing great. However, they disappeared in the second half as Cleveland’s ground game came alive, allowing them to get back into the game.

Isaiah Crowell gashed the Bengals for big run after big run as he almost got the Browns back into the game. This defense has its issues, but they still have the firepower in their front seven to not get gashed for 150-plus yards by the Browns.

The Browns’ run game made this matchup a much closer one than it should have been in the fourth quarter.

Though, Geno Atkins had a nice showing with two sacks, for the first time this season, so, we’ll give credit where it’s due. Still the run defense has work to do, which comes as no surprise.