Struggling quarterback Andy Dalton overcame a rough start to lead his team with 286 yards and four passing touchdowns, although he got great help from guys like Giovani Bernard, Tyler Kroft and a strong defense that never gave Cleveland a chance.
Which big play gets your vote for the Play of the Game for the Bengals against the Browns? Cast your vote and sound off on your winner!
Nick Vigil’s tackle for a loss of five yards: After Dalton got sacked in his very first drop back and the Browns recovered the ensuing fumble, Cleveland had the chance to take the lead and make the struggling Bengals look miserable. Vigil instead tackled Isaiah Crowell for a loss of five on 2nd & 5 and all of the sudden the Browns had a 3rd and long situation that eventually turned into a missed field goal and a huge relief for Cincinnati.
Adam Jones’ 40-yard punt return: With the Bengals already having turned the ball over and punted once each, they needed a spark, and the veteran cornerback went to work providing his offense with great field position at the Cleveland 35-yard line after a beautiful return.
Kroft’s 6-yard catch on 3rd & 5 after a bad snap by Russell Bodine: When I said it wasn’t pretty it’s because it wasn’t. The Bengals almost wasted Jones’ return with a fumble by Jeremy Hill on the previous play and this fumble by their starting center. Luckily Dalton made a good pass and Kroft made the first great play of the handful he had on Sunday. This catch set up A.J. Green’s touchdown at the beginning of the second quarter.
Green’s 6-yard touchdown catch: On third down and after having to convert their two previous ones to keep the drive alive, Dalton made good pre-snap adjustments and passed Green open on the left corner in the back of the endzone, beating the one-on-one coverage of the Browns defense.
Clayton Fejedelem’s first career interception: What a momentum-swinging play by the second-year safety out of Illinois. He took advantage of another Kenny Britt drop, letting the ball fall perfectly into his hands, stopping the Browns from potentially tying the game after an impressive drive in which their rookie quarterback Deshone Kizer converted a 3rd & 13 situation.
Kroft’s 21-yard catch on 3rd & 15: The backup tight end had a monster performance, and other than his touchdown, this play was probably the most important one. Dalton took advantage of a bad Browns defense to hit him in stride down the seam, keeping the drive alive and eventually setting up the his second touchdown pass of the day.
Bernard’s 61-yard touchdown right before halftime: this is key and for two reasons, the Bengals got a 21-0 lead and were getting the ball back in the second half, and this was an amazing surprise considering how bad Marvin Lewis’ two-minute offenses are. Good play call taking advantage of the aggressive blitz by the Browns.
Vigil’s tackle for a loss of five yards in the Browns’ first drive in the second half: The second-year linebacker was at it again, although the penetration by the defensive line was outstanding as well. This play set up Cleveland for another tough situation and forced them to punt, giving the Bengals the ball back to milk the clock with a long drive and eventually settling the game for good.
Kroft’s freak touchdown catch: Just a crazy play by the young tight end to cap up a huge day for him.
Which play gets your vote for the Bengals' Play of the Game against the Browns?
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Vigil’s first tackle for a loss
Jones’ 40-yard punt return
Kroft’s third-down catch after the bad snap by Bodine
Green’s 6-yard touchdown catch
Fejedelem’s first career pick
Kroft’s 21-yard catch on 3rd&15
Bernard’s 61-yard catch and run touchdown
Vigil’s second tackle for a loss
Kroft’s touchdown catch in traffic