By TOM WITHERS AP Sports activities Author
CLEVELAND — For the primary time this season, the Cleveland Browns put all of it collectively and performed like a whole staff – offense, protection particular groups.
Scary, on Halloween.
“It was a type of days the place we imposed our will,” quarterback Jacoby Brissett stated.
Nick Chubb rushed for 2 touchdowns and Myles Garrett and Cleveland’s protection annoyed Joe Burrow because the Browns thrashed Cincinnati, 32-13, on Monday evening, retaining the Bengals’ star quarterback winless towards them.
Garrett, who got here to FirstEnergy Stadium sporting a Halloween costume, led a fired-up protection that sacked Burrow 5 occasions and held the Bengals (4-4) to 229 whole yards – 100 within the first half.
“Myles was excellent,” Browns coach Kevin Stefanki stated with a smile. “He does what No. 95 does. He was taking part in dominant on the market. He’s very troublesome for individuals to dam one on one. He will get a ton of consideration, and when that occurs, others are getting one on ones.”
Burrow has already been to the Tremendous Bowl in simply three NFL seasons. Nevertheless, the Ohio native has but to beat Cleveland, dropping to 0-4 in 4 profession begins towards Cincinnati’s AFC North rival.
The Browns (3-5) ended a four-game dropping streak, and within the course of saved their season from slipping away as they attempt to keep aggressive whereas awaiting quarterback Deshaun Watson’s return from an 11-game suspension.
Garrett was happy with the efficiency, however because the Browns head into their bye, he harassed it gained’t imply something with out one other one prefer it.
“It needs to be routine. It needs to be the usual,” he stated. “We’ve got to be sure that every thing we did main as much as this sport is similar the week after this one. We wave what it takes. We’ve got taken our lumps, however we are going to present what we’ve and our dedication to the sport and what it takes to get wins on this league as a result of they don’t come simply.
“Proper now, to get a win like this, and in a dominant trend, it’s exhibiting the blokes how good we are able to actually be.”
Brissett ran for a landing and handed for an additional, main Cleveland to its fifth consecutive win over Cincinnati. He accomplished 17 of twenty-two passes for 278 yards and a career-high 133.7 score whereas outplaying Burrow.
Chubb scored on runs of three and 11 yards, and Brissett added a 3-yard landing run and related with Amari Cooper on a 4-yard move within the second half because the Browns constructed a 25-0 lead whereas taking part in their greatest all-around sport in 2022.
“The sport was 25-0 earlier than you even comprehend it,” Bengals coach Zac Taylor stated. “We simply didn’t come again. The worst factor to do towards the Cleveland Browns is to present them a two-, three-score lead with their working sport and their move rush.”
Led by Garrett, Cleveland’s protection, which has struggled for a lot of the season, put relentless strain on Burrow, who was with out high receiver Ja’Marr Chase due to a hip harm.
Nevertheless, even a wholesome Chase won’t have been sufficient to assist Burrow. He completed 25 of 35 for 232 yards with two TDs and one interception.
“He’s one of many elite of the elite within the sport,” Burrow stated of Garrett, who completed with 1½ sacks. “He’s at all times going to make performs like he did tonight.”
Burrow related on scoring passes within the fourth quarter to Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins, however these solely helped him pad his statistics and took some sting out of the scoreboard.
Garrett set the tone for a scary efficiency for the Browns by dressing up as Vecna, the sinister character from the TV sequence “Stranger Issues.” This was certainly an odd evening because the Browns lastly regarded like a reliable staff and recorded a lopsided win after so many shut losses.
“We count on him to set the tone for us,” Brissett stated of Garrett. “He’ll come up and let you know that he fed off of numerous these different guys. There weren’t numerous locations for them to throw the ball tonight, and that was due to the again finish but in addition due to the entrance finish.”
It was Cleveland’s second blowout of Cincinnati up to now two years. The Browns thumped the Bengals, 41-6, of their first assembly final 12 months.
“They’ve had our quantity the final couple of years,” Burrow stated. “They at all times play nicely towards us, they’ve actual good gamers in protection and are actually well-coached.”
Cincinnati didn’t permit a second-half landing in its first seven video games earlier than the Browns scored three touchdowns after halftime.
With the commerce deadline Tuesday, Browns working again Kareem Hunt has been concerned in rumors for weeks. The chatter about his future started when he demanded to be dealt in August after the staff failed to supply him a contract extension.
Hunt ran for 42 yards on 11 carries.
Former Browns cornerback Joe Haden served because the honorary sport captain. He signed a one-day contract to formally retire with Cleveland, which drafted him within the first spherical in 2010. Haden was a two-time Professional Bowler throughout seven seasons with the Browns earlier than taking part in for rival Pittsburgh.
Bengals: Cornerback Chidobe Awuzie left the stadium on crutches and his proper knee was immobilized. … Cornerback Tre Flowers (hamstring) left within the third.
Browns: Proper sort out Jack Conklin went to the locker room late within the first half with an undisclosed harm, however returned after halftime.
Bengals: Host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Browns: Bye week earlier than visiting Miami on Nov. 13, the primary of 4 street video games in 5 weeks.