Browns 7

(1-10, 1-6 away)

Bengals 16

(8-3, 4-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 29, 2009

Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH 

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 0 0 7 07
CIN 3 10 3 016

Top Performers

Passing: C. Palmer (CIN) - 110 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: L. Johnson (CIN) - 22 CAR, 107 YDS

Receiving: C. Stuckey (CLE) - 4 REC, 44 YDS

Johnson rushes for 107 yards as Bengals complete first division sweep

Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Less than two weeks after the Cincinnati Bengals signed him as an inexpensive insurance policy, Larry Johnson showed he can still be the leading man.

Want to grind it out? Give him the ball.

Fast Facts

• The Bengals were undefeated in the AFC North and won their first six division games for the first time in franchise history.

• Carson Palmer passed for 110 yards and a touchdown. It was the fourth lowest passing total of his career.

• Bernard Scott made his second start in place of Cedric Benson and rushed for 87 yards, but Larry Johnson stole the show, registering his first 100-yard rushing game as a Bengal. Johnson finished with 107 yards on 22 carries.

• Shayne Graham kicked three field goals, including matching his career-long with a 53-yard FG just before halftime.

• Brady Quinn provided the only offense for Cleveland, passing for 100 yards and recording his first career rushing touchdown.

• The Browns fell to 1-10 and were held under 10 points for the seventh time this season.

• Bloggers' reactions

-- ESPN Stats & Information

The newcomer piled up 107 yards on Sunday, leading the way as the Bengals ran the table in the AFC North by running over the Cleveland Browns 16-7.

"I'm just glad they trust me to go in there, especially with the division and the playoffs on the line," said Johnson, who was released by Kansas City after a suspension. "I just came here for a second chance."

The Bengals (8-3) were determined to run against the Browns (1-10), who don't score much and have given up a lot of yards on the ground. Cedric Benson missed his second straight game with a sprained hip, and rookie backup Bernard Scott was slowed by a minor knee injury for part of the game.

Although he barely knows the playbook, Johnson ran it to triple-digit perfection.

"By far, this isn't what I was expecting," said Johnson, who carried 22 times and averaged 4.9 yards per try. "I wasn't expecting to come in and play as much as I did today."

The Bengals rushed for 210 yards overall, their second time topping the 200-yard mark this season. Carson Palmer was relegated to handing off most of the time -- Cincinnati threw it only 24 times and ran it 45.


"Absolutely not. Absolutely not. Absolutely not," said Palmer, who was 13 of 24 for 110 yards and a touchdown. "It was fun to watch."

Cincinnati reinforced its standing as top Dawg in the intrastate series. The Bengals now have the longest stretch of domination in the series' history, winning nine of the past 11 games.

The Browns reached double-digit losses for the eighth time in their 11 years as an expansion team, done in by an offense that's historically bad.

Neither team threw it much -- the Bengals by design, the Browns by default. Cleveland's Brady Quinn caught a pass from Joshua Cribbs and ran for a touchdown during his first start in the rivalry, but repeatedly was off-target while passing for only 100 yards.

Cribbs' throw was one of the Browns' best of the day.

"I caught one my senior year in high school in our homecoming game," Quinn said. "That definitely allowed us to stay in the game. At that point, we felt extremely confident."

They didn't come close again.

Quinn grew up as a Browns fan in central Ohio, watching the let-it-fly matchups between Cleveland's Bernie Kosar and Cincinnati's Boomer Esiason. His first start in the rivalry came on a hand-it-off day. The teams combined for 63 yards passing in the first half, which ended with another unexplainable Browns blunder.

Palmer was running toward the sideline with the clock running out when Shaun Rogers caught him from behind and made a horse-collar tackle, slamming the quarterback hard on his back. A dazed Palmer rolled over and lay face-down for several seconds, then got up and walked off slowly without assistance.

The penalty gave the Bengals an extra play with no time left, and Shayne Graham matched his career high with a 53-yard field goal that made it 13-0.

It was the second week in a row that a Browns penalty resulted in an extra play and points. Safety Hank Poteat's interference in the end zone in Detroit set up an extra play last week, allowing Matthew Stafford to throw a touchdown pass for the Lions' 38-37 victory.

"It's more frustrating having it be as a result of a penalty," coach Eric Mangini said. "It's a three-point penalty. That's two weeks in a row that it's resulted in points."

Rogers injured his left ankle late in the game and was taken off the field on a cart. Mangini said he would have tests to determine the severity.

Cleveland's points came off a little trickery, with Quinn morphing into a receiver/runner on the Browns' opening drive of the second half. Cribbs cut in front of the quarterback to take a snap, then threw back to his left for an 18-yard completion to Quinn, who was covered by a linebacker and held on as he was tackled.

Quinn completed the drive with a 9-yard draw play that cut the lead to 13-7, diving in headfirst for his first career rushing touchdown.

The passing game? Not so good. In his third start since regaining the job, Quinn went 15 of 34 for 100 yards. Cleveland managed only 169 yards overall, the fewest allowed by the Bengals in 26 years.

Game notes

Browns S Brodney Pool suffered a head injury and didn't return in the second half. ... Cleveland's offense has scored seven or fewer points seven times this season. ... The Vikings and Packers also ran for more than 200 yards against the Browns. ... Bengals top pick OL Andre Smith was active for the first time in his rookie season and got into the game on some running plays. ... Palmer didn't miss a play after the horse-collar tackle, returning for the opening drive of the second half.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1121
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5472
Total Yards169306
Yards per play3.14.3
Total Drives1012
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-11-3
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

cinFG3:11Shayne Graham 37 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 14 plays, 61 yds, 8:48
cinTD1:18J.P. Foschi 4 Yard Pass From Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 63 yds, 6:38
cinFG0:00Shayne Graham 53 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 5 yds, 0:21
cleTD6:57Brady Quinn 9 Yard Run (Phil Dawson Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 55 yds, 3:38
cinFG0:54Shayne Graham 28 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 62 yds, 6:02