CLEVELAND -- Cincinnati Bengals coach Marvin Lewis doesn't appear to be a fan of the new rule that allows blocked PATs to be run back for two points, at least not the type that occurred between the Bengals and Browns on Sunday.
CLEVELAND _ The Bengals defense melted Robert Griffin III’s return to the Browns on a 27-degree day Sunday and fiery Pro Bowl cornerback Adam Jones’ response to Browns leading wide receiver Terrelle Pryor defined Cincinnati’s hot-blooded 23-10 victory.
I think overall I’m pleased. We came in here with an attitude and a job to do, and I thought we did a good job of staying on course and getting that done. The third quarter wasn’t quite the way we’d like it, but we fought back in it and played. We missed a couple runs defensively and gave them a couple big plays in the running game. They hit us on the third down back across, but we regrouped, and I was pleased with the finish of it.
After leaping to a 20-0 half-time lead Sunday, the Bengals got into a second half tussle with the Browns and let winless Cleveland crawl within 10 points with 14:14 left in the game before Mike Nugent hit a 44-yard field goal with 8:38 left and running back Jeremy Hill finished off his second 100-yard game of the season in a 23-10 victory.
They started halfway through the 2nd quarter: the sweats, the shakes, the visions of Akili Smith. For some reason, the Browns called a flea flicker on 1st down from their 2-yard line. Quarterback Robert Griffin III threw a 40-yard quacker into triple coverage. Bengals safety George Iloka picked it off and the world went black. Lost Decade flashbacks.
It’s really easy to say the reason the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Cleveland Browns was, well, the Browns – but the Bengals essentially replicated the start to their victory over Philadelphia last week to jump out to a 20-0 lead and were able to hold on 23-10 at FirstEnergy Stadium.
With temperatures in the 20s and snow falling on the field at FirstEnergy Stadium, Sunday looked, felt and smelled like a day created for running the football. Of course, for Jeremy Hill and the Bengals, every game against Cleveland has been created for running the football.
Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill has established somewhat of a reputation for his touchdown celebrations. His latest, which came after a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against the Browns, was tailored to the location. Hill dropped to his knees following his score, mimicking a celebration created by Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith when he was with the New York Knicks.
The Cincinnati Bengals were a popular pick to give the Cleveland Browns their first win of the season after the Bengals struggled through a winless November. The Browns will have to wait another day to pull the upset.
AFC North Bytes
On Sunday, FOX Sports NFL insider Jay Glazer reported that the Giants alerted the NFL of deflated footballs during the Steelers' Week 13 victory over New York. Pittsburgh had defeated the Giants, in Pittsburgh, 24-14.
Even for the Factory of Sadness, this is starting to get ridiculous. With yet another loss in Week 14, the Cleveland Browns have now fallen to 0-13 in 2016, just three losses away from finishing the season without a single victory.
w England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, one of the toughest matchups in the NFL, is out for the rest of the season after having back surgery. Veteran receiver Danny Amendola, who is tied for the team lead with four touchdown receptions, is expected to miss Monday night's game against the Ravens with an ankle injury.
After a truly astonishing season, 19 year-old Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson collected the 2016 Heisman Trophy on Saturday night. Great news! And how did he celebrate? By hanging out with enduring figure of controversy, Johnny Manziel.
The Green Bay Packers cruised to a 38-10 home win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at Lambeau Field. Aaron Rodgers had his best game in seven career starts against the Seahawks, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com.
Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford injured the middle finger on his throwing hand in Week 14 against the Chicago Bears. He finished the game but reportedly dislocated the finger and tore ligaments. The quarterback is expected to play through the injury, but his official status for Week 15 against the New York Giants has yet to be announced.