Game summary: The Bengals came into FirstEnergy Stadium and throttled the Browns 31-7. This pushed Hue Jackson’s record as Browns head coach to 1-18. The Bengals controlled this one throughout, as the Browns scored a late touchdown just to avoid the shutout. Cleveland Mocks revisits the key people and moments that lead to this defeat:
The 1995 move to Baltimore: It is safe to say this one could have ended differently if Art Modell did not move the Browns out of Cleveland in 1995. After the successful franchise left, the expansion “team” since 1999 has limped its way all the way to this loss to the Bengals.
AJ Green: Bengals receiver AJ Green is what some like to call a playmaker. His 6-foot-4 frame with good speed and hands makes him a nightmare to cover, and a type of player the Browns front office tries to avoid acquiring. Green caught the first touchdown of the game and did his best as always to make Andy Dalton look better than he actually is.
Key play: In the continuing state of controversy surrounding athletes making social protests, the Browns made a statement of their own at the end of the first half. The Browns players decided to boycott playing defense and let Giovani Bernard score on a 61-yard screen pass, completely untouched. Many were wondering whether teams would continue to protest, and the Browns answered that question. It’s unclear whether the Browns will continue to boycott defense in next week’s matchup with the New York Jets.