Bengals feel revived with 31-17 win over Browns

Instead of playing for a long field goal, Andy Dalton and Green made a decision to gamble on a touchdown.

Dalton flung the ball deep as time expired, and Green, with Browns defenders draped over him, tipped the ball and caught it as he fell for a 48-yard touchdown.

But an unexpectedly solid showing - the rookie and backup quarterback combined for more than 200 yards - was unable to help lift the Browns to their first win of the season.

The Browns host the New York Jets next weekend at FirstEnergy Stadium.

When starting quarterback Cody Kessler had to leave the game in the first half with a concussion, it wasn't looking good for the Browns. I am careful as to what I download or play on my devices and I take my time and do research for every game.

"We needed a game like this", LaFell said.

Another return? Jeremy Hill and the Bengals rushing offense, with Hill generating a career-high 168 yards rushing while totaling 271 yards rushing as a team; their first 200-yard effort since Week 16 against the Denver Broncos in 2014 and seventh-highest all-time rushing effort.

Unbelievably, Cleveland had lost yet another quarterback.

"Those are plays that shouldn't happen", coach Hue Jackson said. "It's unfortunate. On we go".

Backup Kevin Hogan took over for Kessler and rushed for 107 yards, including a 28-yard touchdown, but was 12 of 24 for 100 yards and two interceptions passing. Fans were given some early excitement thanks to a 10-7 lead in the second quarter, but the Bengals finished the half with 14 unanswered points, including a Hail Mary touchdown right before halftime. The Browns wore white jerseys and orange trousers.

With Joe Haden out for a second consecutive game with a strained groin, Green had his way against the Browns' secondary, catching all eight passes thrown his way. The Bengals wore orange jerseys and white trousers.

Kessler, who played his collegiate football at USC, was elected by the Browns in the third-round (93rd pick overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Bengals make their first trip to London, facing former offensive coordinator Jay Gruden's Washington team.



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