2020 Week 2: Browns Come Back Again, Defeat Bengals In Defensive Slugfest

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  1. LtJustice

    LtJustice QSF Commissioner

    Jul 22, 2010
    The Cleveland Browns, for the 2nd time in as many weeks, pulled off a 4th quarter comeback to defeat a division rival. After a stunning 4th quarter comeback in week one, against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, the Browns narrowly escaped a hungry Bengals team in Cincinnati this week. Also for the second week in a row; the Bengals again fell victim to a last minute score to lose the game, as they lost in similar fashion to the Washington Redskins in week 1.

    This game between intrastate rivals was just the type of physical defensive battle you expect to see when two AFC North teams square off. Both of the high powered offenses were held in check throughout, as both defenses appeared to want to make a statement in this one.

    The Bengals took an early lead, as they capitalized on an interception by Browns budding superstar QB Dave Mack, to score their only point of the game at the end of the 1st quarter. Cincinnati quarterback Sharrif Hartman would find his new slot receiver DeAndre Hopkins all alone at the goal line, from 25 yards out, for Hopkins' first TD as a Bengal.

    The two teams would trade turnovers and defensive stands back and forth through the rest of the 2nd and 3rd quarters, until the Browns were finally able to capitalize on an interception by recently converted cornerback Sander Commings, to get their first points of the game on a 49 yard John Potter field goal to end the 3rd quarter.

    Neither team's offense was able to get going in the 4th quarter, until the Browns took possession following a punt, at their own 33 yard line, with 2 minutes left on the clock. Dave Mack would lead the Cleveland offense down the field, including a clutch 4th & 10 conversion from the Cincinnati 39 yard line (following three straight drops by his receivers), to put them just outside the redzone with just under 30 seconds left in the game. Mack would find 3rd year receiver Ephraim Pope open near the goal line and Pope did the rest. On his 5th catch of the game, Pope, a Pro Bowl kick returner a season ago, would haul in the pass, lower his shoulder and bowl over a Cincinnati defender, falling on him and into the endzone, for what would be the game winning touchdown.

    Cincinnati would try to rally their offense to get into field goal range, but an interception by Browns linebacker Ryan Shazier on the final play of the game would seal the deal for the Browns and send them to 2-0 on the young season.


    Great game, Avery! Your defense came to play! Looking forward to the rematch!
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  2. AveryB

    AveryB Walk On

    Jul 22, 2010
    :mad::mad::mad:We will be ready
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