CLEVELAND - How do you lose a game when you gain 113 more yards, have as many first downs, and prevent the opponent from scoring touchdowns on three out of four red-zone trips?
Easy when it was the Bengals’ 23-20 loss to the Browns. They had a 44-yard field goal blocked, fumbled twice to give up six points, could only come up with one sack and one interception, and lost time of possession to Browns running back Peyton Hillis. As much as the offense struggled in the first three games, the Bengals were third in the NFL in possession with more than 34 minutes but could manage just 29:14 Sunday.
The block, which ended
The Browns didn't do anything special to get the block. Linebacker Scott Fujita said he never had a block in his life until he got past tackle
SLANTS AND SCREENS
» Aiding that late field goal was an unnecessary roughness call on safety
"It was unfortunate he had to make that call," Ndukwe said. "I didn't feel that was a dirty play or a dirty hit. I'm not a dirty player. If the ball is in the air I'm going to try and take him out."
» The Bengals defense let backup quarterback Seneca Wallace make some plays out of the pocket.
“I needed to get on his front shoulder and keep him inside,” said Bengals left end
On a third-and-three from the Bengals 28, it looked Geathers had a shot to get Wallace but he sprinted outside and hit wide receiver Chansi Stuckey for eight yards.
The Bengals played the entire second half without half of their starting secondary. Cornerback