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Week 1: Browns Hold Off Comeback Minded Bengals to Start 1-0 *HIGHLIGHTS*

Discussion in 'Game Summaries & Team News' started by LtJustice, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. LtJustice

    LtJustice QSF Commissioner

    Jul 22, 2010
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    After some big roster moves to add major pieces on both sides of the ball, since the last played season; the Browns would start off their season under the lights, in a prime time Monday night match-up, against the division rival Cincinnati Bengals. The Browns would hold off a late Bengals push, who pulled within a FG after a 4th quarter touchdown, to protect their home field and secure the 21-18 victory. The Browns showed some promise on both sides of the ball, but also showed that they are very much a work in progress as this season gets going.

    The early 1st quarter saw the Browns hold the Bengals to a 3 and out on the opening drive, only to give the ball right back a few plays later on a Johnny Manziel interception in Cincinnati territory. Manziel, who struggled with INTs in his rookie season, would bounce back nicely for his team and finish the game with a couple of touchdowns to go with only that one interception.

    The Bengals would capitalize on the turnover to take an early lead in this game. After moving the ball to mid field; Bengals QB Andy Dalton would shake off a near sack by Browns defensive end Phil Taylor, who crashed through the Cincinnati offensive line untouched, to throw a 60 yard bomb to the back of the endzone, where rookie receiver Micah Shipley was standing all alone to catch his first career touchdown.

    The Bengals would get the ball back late in the first, after forcing a Browns punt, but would start the drive at their own 5 yard line. Dalton would attempt to force a 3rd down pass into Shipley, only to be picked off by Browns 3rd year cornerback Justin Gilbert at the Cincinnati 20 yard line.

    The Browns would tie the game up on a 3rd down pass of their own, as Manziel found 2nd year receiver Dee Irvin streaking across the back of the endzone. Irvin made what had to be the catch of the game, and his young career, as the talented young speedster managed to drag both feet to register the score right in front of the goal post.

    The Bengals would put together a long drive on their next possession, before the Browns defense stiffened at their own 11 yard line. The Bengals would kick a 28 yard field goal to take a 10-7 lead, midway through the 2nd quarter.

    The opening drive of the 3rd quarter would see the Browns have some success as they moved the ball past midfield. Browns halfback JaMichael Elmore, the 2015 AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year, would finish the drive off with a 42 yard touchdown run and give the Browns a 14-10 lead, when he found some daylight down the sideline.

    After the teams traded punts on the next couple of possessions; an interception my Browns veteran safety Donte Whitner would give the Browns offense possession at the Bengals 32 yard line, late in the 3rd quarter.
    After a big sack on 1st down, Manziel would find former Bengal Jermaine Gresham running all alone at the 15 yard line, where he hauled in the pass and ran untouched for the score and the 21-10 Cleveland lead.

    The Bengals offense would once again have success moving the ball on their next possession, as they pushed into Browns territory early in the 4th quarter. Dalton would again victimize the Browns with a deep pass, this time finding All World receiver A.J. Green behind the Browns defense for a 40 yard touchdown pass. Dalton and Green would hook up again on the 2 point conversion to pull the Bengals within a field goal, at 21-18, with just over 8 minutes to play.

    The Browns would chew up some clock, but a controversial (and failed) decision to go for it on 4th and inches from the Bengals 32 yard line would give the Bengals the ball back with just under 4 minutes to go in the game.

    A huge 2nd down sack by Browns linebacker Jabaal Sheard, his 2nd of the game, would push the Bengals back to a 3rd and 20 attempt from their own 22 yard line. Dalton would come up empty on a deep pass attempt to Green, forcing the Bengals to punt the ball back to the Browns.

    The Cleveland offense would grind out a couple of first downs, which would allow them to kill the rest of the game clock and secure the victory.

    Always a great game, Avery! See you in week 16!


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    CHUNKNESS Commissioner Quality Simulation Football

    Jun 13, 2010
    PIP toe drag = pretty effing cool(y)
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  3. AveryB

    AveryB Walk On

    Jul 22, 2010
    Its going to be a long season if I can keep losing these close games...Great game Jim..
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