Browns vs. Bengals: 5 Things We Learned from Both Teams After Browns' 27-17 Loss

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Browns vs. Bengals: 5 Things We Learned from Both Teams After Browns' 27-17 Loss
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The good news in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Bengals was that the Browns played three decent quarters of football. The bad news was that league rules require you to play four. Please hold all LeBron James jokes until the end of the piece.

Sadly, 2011 didn't start out the way the Cleveland faithful had hoped or expected for the Browns, and it didn't start out the way the Cincinnati faithful had feared for the Bengals. 

For the Browns, it was almost heartbreaking. We Browns fans are always telling folks our team isn't as bad as they think we are. Unfortunately, Cincinnati would end up getting to be the team that made that statement after Sunday's contest. 

For the Browns and their fans, it was a day that began with promise and ended in disaster. We started with a heartfelt tribute to the fallen heroes of Sept. 11, 2001 and a solid first half of football, and finished with a miserable, soaking downpour and horrendous play in the fourth quarter. 

It wasn't all bad for the Browns or all good for the Bengals, but a disappointing opener certainly wasn't quite what anyone expected for Cleveland. Here are five things we learned in Sunday's 27-17 Bengals' victory over the Browns.

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