Final

Browns 17

(5-9, 2-6 away)

Bengals 19

(3-11, 2-5 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 19, 2010

Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH 

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 7 0 0 1017
CIN 0 10 6 319

Top Performers

Passing: C. McCoy (CLE) - 243 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: C. Benson (CIN) - 31 CAR, 150 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Watson (CLE) - 7 REC, 92 YDS

Cedric Benson gains 150 yards as Bengals end losing streak

Associated Press

CINCINNATI -- Cedric Benson blinked back tears as he stood in front of his locker, still wearing his black No. 32 jersey. He couldn't stop them all.

A lone teardrop slid down his right cheek, getting wiped away before it reached his tell-all smile.

Benson ran the Bengals out of their record-matching slump on Sunday, picking up a season-high 150 yards and scoring a touchdown as the focal point of an offense that flattened the Cleveland Browns 19-17 on Sunday.

Felt like old times.

"I feel tremendous," he said. "A lot of joy right now. My elbows and arms are sore and things like that, which feels great. It feels good to work."

And to win.

The Bengals (3-11) hadn't done that since Sept. 26, falling into a torturous streak longer than even "The T.Ocho Show" featuring their two attention-loving receivers. Terrell Owens was on the sideline with a knee injury for the long-awaited win.

Instead, Cincinnati took a straight-ahead approach against the Browns (5-9), reverting to the run-based attack that won the AFC North last season and changed significantly after Owens was signed. The 37-year-old receiver became the Bengals' most productive player while the running game broke down.

Benson didn't understand it.

"I was sending out warning signals earlier, talking about how we've got to stay with the running game, just get the spark, the energy, the identity developed," Benson said. "We kind of became a one-man show for a minute there."

They were again on Sunday, with a different leader.

"It was exciting," left tackle Andrew Whitworth said. "We've wanted to pound the rock like that for a while and get a chance to unleash the boss man on them, and we did."

A week after he carried only eight times for 19 yards and got outrushed by Ben Roethlisberger in a 23-7 loss in Pittsburgh, Benson had another big game against the Browns, who clinched their 10th losing record in 12 years since returning as an expansion team.

"In my mind, we should be able to stop the run," Browns coach Eric Mangini said. "That's a big part of playing in this division, and you should be able to get that done."

Only 56,542 fans showed up to see the so-called "Battle of Ohio," the third straight Bengals home game blacked out on local television.

Wasn't all that much to see.

A matchup of two struggling offenses produced more field goals than touchdowns. Clint Stitser made four of them, remaining perfect on seven field goal tries since the Bengals signed him in late November. The rookie was good from 25, 39, 34 and 20 yards.

The Browns got a touchdown pass from rookie Colt McCoy on a trick play that completed their opening drive, then did little until a Bengal breakdown made it interesting at the end. Receiver Brian Robiskie got free down the sideline against a broken coverage for a 46-yard touchdown pass with 2:13 to go, cutting it to 19-17.

With only two timeouts left, the Browns went for the onside kick and Cincinnati's Quan Cosby recovered, allowing the Bengals to finish it off.

"We've just got to do a better job of staying on the field," said McCoy, who was 19 of 25 for 243 yards with no interceptions and four sacks.

"A big part of that is us. We've got to sustain drives. We can't get into a slump and put ourselves in that situation over and over. We could not get a ground game going."

The Bengals' losing streak began with a 23-20 loss in Cleveland on Oct. 3, where Owens had one of the best games of his career -- 10 catches for 222 yards. The streak eventually matched Dave Shula's 1993 team for longest losing streak in one Bengals season.

It ended without a catch by Owens, who missed practice last week with torn cartilage in his left knee and hobbled off the field during Cincinnati's opening drive after running a long route. The injury will likely sideline him for the final two games.

From then on, it was up to Benson. The running back, who is on the final year of his contract, carried a season-high 31 times during his third 100-yard game of the season. He broke an 18-yard touchdown run in the second quarter for Cincinnati's first points.

Cleveland got creative on the opening drive, catching the Bengals by surprise. Only three linemen got set in the middle of the field while the other players fanned out toward the sidelines. Tight end Robert Royal outran the coverage down the sideline for a 20-yard touchdown catch.

Mangini has decided to let McCoy start the last three games. How McCoy does could have an impact on whether Mangini keeps his job.

Game notes


The Browns were flagged for not keeping their sideline clear during a kickoff return. Teams were reminded of the rule last week in response to a Jets assistant coach tripping a Dolphins player. ... CB Eric Wright hurt his left knee in the fourth quarter and had to be helped off the field. ... Bengals WR Jerome Simpson was active for only the fourth time this season and had two catches for 30 yards. Coming into the game, the second-round pick from 2008 had one career catch for 2 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CLE
CIN
1st Downs1422
Passing 1st downs
129
Rushing 1st downs
112
1st downs from Penalties
11
3rd down efficiency
2-86-13
4th down efficiency
0-00-1
Total Plays4368
Total Yards278397
Yards per play6.55.8
Total Drives89
Passing219209
Comp - Att
19-2514-23
Yards per pass
8.89.1
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks - Yards Lost
4-240-0
Rushing59188
Rushing Attempts
1445
Yards per rush
4.24.2
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-11-4
Penalties3-256-55
Turnovers00
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession21:5738:03

Passing Leaders

CLEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McCoy19/252439.7204-24
CINC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Palmer14/232099.1000-0

Rushing Leaders

CLECARYDSAVGTDLG
Hillis14594.2018
CINCARYDSAVGTDLG
Benson311504.8118
Scott8405.008

Receiving Leaders

CLERECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Watson79213.10247
Robiskie58216.41466
CINRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Caldwell48922.30536
Ochocinco23618.00203

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCLECIN
cleTD12:08Robert Royal 20 Yd Pass From Colt McCoy (Phil Dawson Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERCLECIN
cinTD12:52Cedric Benson 18 Yd Run (Clint Stitser Kick) 77
cinFG04:19Clint Stitser 25 Yd 710
THIRD QUARTERCLECIN
cinFG11:11Clint Stitser 39 Yd 713
cinFG03:33Clint Stitser 34 Yd 716
FOURTH QUARTERCLECIN
cleFG14:06Phil Dawson 23 Yd 1016
cinFG09:58Clint Stitser 20 Yd 1019
cleTD02:13Brian Robiskie 46 Yd Pass From Colt McCoy (Phil Dawson Kick) 1719

Research Notes

Colt McCoy: 13-15, 177 yds, 2 TD, 155.4 passer rating when throwing from shotgun on Sunday. Posted a rating of 83.1 in shotgun formations entering Week 15.

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