Bengals maintain Browns edge
Browns fail to recover from poor start
Last Updated: September 16, 2012 10:02pm
Brandon Tate goes in for a Cincinnati Bengals touchdown
Cincinnati Bengals made it 13 wins from their last 16 encounters against the Cleveland Browns with a 34-17 success.
Adam "Pacman" Jones returned Cleveland's first punt 81 yards for a touchdown and Andy Dalton matched his career high with three touchdown passes.
Jones put the Bengals ahead to stay with his fifth career punt return for a touchdown. Dalton threw three TD passes for the second time in his career, including a short throw that Andrew Hawkins turned into a 50-yard score in the fourth quarter.
Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden rebounded from one of the worst debuts in NFL history - four interceptions against the Eagles and a 5.1 passer rating - by throwing a pair of touchdown passes.
Trent Richardson became the first Browns rookie to run for 100 yards and score on a run and a pass, but it was not enough to stop them from falling to 0-2 for the fifth time in the past seven seasons.
Dalton took advantage of the depleted secondary by completing 24 of 31 for 318 yards with six sacks and an interception.
Phil Dawson's 25-yard field goal with 20 seconds left cut the lead to 34-27, but receiver AJ Green recovered the onside kick to seal it.
Dalton made one mistake that kept Cleveland in the game. He sailed a pass that got tipped to linebacker D'Qwell Jackson at midfield late in the third quarter. Weeden threw a short pass to Richardson, who slipped through several tackles on his way to a 23-yard touchdown that cut it to 24-17.
Dalton avoided the rush and threw a short pass that Hawkins turned into the 50-yard touchdown and a 31-17 lead early in the fourth quarter. Weeden responded with a 24-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Greg Little midway through the quarter.