Bengals improve to 8-0 by beating Browns

Fri Nov 6, 2015 12:45am EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - Tight end Tyler Eifert caught three touchdown passes from Andy Dalton as Cincinnati remained unbeaten with a 31-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium.

In last year's Thursday night matchup against the Browns, Dalton had a career-worst performance, with a 2.0 rating in a 24-3 loss but he delivered a steady performance on Thursday, going 21 of 27 for 234 yards and three touchdowns.

"A little different from last year, huh?" said Dalton, who improved to 4-7 in his career in primetime games.

With the victory, Cincinnati improved to 8-0 for the first time in franchise history.

"We don't get anything for that," said coach Marvin Lewis. "We've had to grind through. We've just got to do what we've done so far, take it one week at a time."

Receiver Marvin Jones had five catches for 78 yards against a Browns secondary playing without cornerback Joe Haden and strong safety Donte Whitner, who are both injured.

Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel started in place of injured Josh McCown and played well in spots, passing for 168 yards and a touchdown.

But Cincinnati's defense sacked Manziel three times in the second half, during which the Browns (2-7) managed just 32 total yards.

"They came out and played a lot of cover two in the second half," said Manziel. "Things looked open a couple of times. But I could've gotten it down to a tight end or a running back. We had momentum going into the second half. We just didn't do enough."   Continued...

Nov 5, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) reacts to throwing a touchdown pass to tight end Tyler Eifert (not pictured) in the first half against the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports