The Bengals came in with a clear game plan to not let Trent Richardson beat them and force Brandon Weeden to throw the football. While the Bengals accomplished the goal of stopping Richardson, Weeden made enough plays to help get the Browns the victory. The receivers helped Weeden out by catching the ball, including a one-handed 71-yard touchdown catch by Josh Gordon.
At least for one Sunday, Pat Shurmur’s Cleveland Browns learned how to finish a game. When things looked like the Browns were going to give the game away, they made the plays when they needed to be made. Joe Haden came back strong but almost helped the Bengals come back at the end of the game when A.J. Green got behind him for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The young players on the defensive line had to step up today with Ahtyba Rubin being out with an ankle injury. They did a good job holding the Bengals under 100 yards rushing, and rookie Billy Winn sealed the victory with a fumble recovery after a strip sack.
The last game of the Lerner family ownership will end with a victory over the Bengals, as Jimmy Haslem III is set to be approved as the majority owner on Tuesday. The Lerner years have been light on wins, and Browns fans can only hope this is the first of many wins in the Haslem era.
While there were many bright spots in this game, not everyone in Browns land fared well. Let’s take a look at the winners and losers in the Browns' victory.