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Bengals News (11/26): Cincinnati stumbles in a must win game against Cleveland

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The Bengals needed a win to stay in the Wild Card race, but after their loss to Cleveland they have fallen behind with very little chance of catching up.

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Browns Swipe Details From Bengals
The devil was in the details Sunday and Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield put a very accurate pitchfork into the Bengals’ bid to get back into the AFC North race when he dealt them a 35-20 loss at Paul Brown Stadium.

Quick Hits: More Doctors for Dalton; Mayfield's Big Number; Boyd Nears 1,000
Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton left Paul Brown Stadium in a splint and the Bengals’ post-season chances in a sling Sunday after the 35-20 loss to the Browns dropped them to 5-6 in their fifth loss in the last six games.

Postgame Quotes: Week 12 vs. Browns
“Obviously, we didn’t start the football game off well enough. We let them go down and score the first drive like that. We had some things going on offense, and we don’t finish it off. And then again, we end up getting the ball back again and scoring, and then unfortunately we have the turnover. That’s about all I remember at this point here. We’ve got to settle down and just do our jobs. That’s disappointing, no question about it. Just settle down and do our jobs. The plays are there, everyone’s just got to make them. Defensively, we’ve just got to settle down and execute and do our jobs. We’re really struggling with that.”

Bengals Lose Dalton, Fall To Browns 35-20
The Bengals’ 2018 took a shot over the middle Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium when the 4-6-1 Browns not only ended their 25-game road losing streak and their seven-game game losing streak in the series, but maybe even the 5-6 Bengals’ chances for a playoff spot with the 35-20 loss to Cleveland.

Browns Jump on Bengals as Dalton Leaves With Injured Throwing Thumb
After the Saints scored on every drive they tried in the last game at Paul Brown Stadium two weeks ago, the Browns did the same thing in Sunday’s first half at PBS when quarterback Baker Mayfield hit 17 of his first 21 passes and sifted them for 245 yards on four touchdown drives on their first four possessions to stake Cleveland to a 28-7 halftime lead.

Browns' Damarious Randall gives ball to Hue Jackson
Cleveland Browns safety Damarious Randall gave his former coach a game ball Sunday. Randall presented Hue Jackson with the ball after Randall intercepted Andy Dalton in the second quarter of the Browns' 35-20 victory over the Bengals.

NFL Week 12 Grades: Ravens get an A- with Lamar Jackson, Bengals fail miserably in loss to Browns -
Although Jackson struggled in the passing department against Oakland -- he threw two interceptions -- he more than made up for it with a rushing performance that included 71 yards and a touchdown. Jackson gives the Ravens offense a rushing threat that's non-existent when Flacco's on the field. Against the Raiders, Jackson had as many rushing touchdowns (one) as Flacco has had since the beginning of the 2017 season.

Marvin Lewis didn’t see effort issues from Bengals in loss to Browns
Lewis’ Cincinnati Bengals fell into a 28-0 hole before halftime and really didn’t discover any sort of spark until garbage time as backup quarterback Jeff Driskel came in and made a few plays.

Hue Jackson still paid more by Cleveland Browns than current Cincinnati Bengals team
Bengals assistant coach Hue Jackson will make more money Sunday from the Browns -- the team he's trying to help beat -- than from the Cincinnati team that hired him after Cleveland fired him last month.

Hue Jackson could be in line to be the Bengals' next head coach if Marvin Lewis exits
The Bengals are in a free-fall (you can watch them play the Browns at 1 p.m. ET on CBS, stream on CBS All Access or fuboTV, try it for free) with Lewis's tenure already nearly coming to an end in recent years, and the recent hiring of Jackson is being viewed as a potential succession plan by several other owners and general managers who are preparing for their own coaching searches. Lewis and Jackson are very close and Jackson is very well thought of within the Bengals organization from his prior stints there. He is a favorite of Bengals owner Mike Brown, who tends to do things his own way, especially when it comes to coaching hiring and firings, and it would not be a surprise at all if this transition were to take place in 2019.

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