The Cincinnati Bengals faced the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, Oct. 1 in Week 4 of the 2017 NFL season. Here are the highlights from the game.
It’d been a rough go of it for the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals entering their Week 4 matchup on Sunday. Neither team had notched a win coming into the matchup. Having said that, one team would change that after 60 minutes of play. It was just a matter of which team came to execute.
It looked as if this game might live up to the incompetence we expected coming into it. The Browns started by going three-and-out, but then caused a fumble on an Emmanuel Ogbah sack. However, Cleveland was unable to gain a single yard and tried to settle for a field goal — but Zane Gonzalez missed it.
At the end of the first quarter, though, the Bengals started to take control. They went on a nine-play drive that lasted into the start of the second quarter before Andy Dalton found A.J. Green. DeShone Kizer then fouled up a nice next drive with an interception, which set up another long Cincinnati drive for a touchdown to go up 14-0. Following the ensuing Browns three-and-out, Gio Bernard broke off a big touchdown to make it 21-0.
Kizer and the Browns offense continued to struggle immensely. Whether running Isaiah Crowell or trying to throw, they couldn’t get anything going at all. Meanwhile, the Bengals added 10 more points in the third quarter. From there, they simply turned on the cruise control and let it ride.
Cleveland added a late touchdown on a Duke Johnson run, but the game was well out of hand by then. The Bengals earned their first win while the Browns will have to wait another week to try their hand.
There’s no question that the Bengals and Browns are in the lowest tier of the NFL in 2017. However, a win at this point in the season could be critical for confidence. As such, two teams searching for their first victory had quite a bit on the line in their matchup.