On the strength of two touchdown passes from quarterback Andy Dalton, the Cincinnati Bengals held a 14-7 lead over the Cleveland Browns at halftime of today’s game from Cleveland Browns Stadium.
When second-year wide receiver A.J. Green caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Dalton, the Cincinnati Bengals retook a seven-point lead over the Cleveland Browns at 14-7 with 1:54 left in the first half.
Green’s touchdown catch capped off a three-play, 27-yard drive that started with wide receiver Brandon Tate’s 32-yard punt return to the Browns’ 32-yard line. A five-yard penalty for an ineligible man downfield was enforced from the end of the return.
The 71-yard score was Gordon’s third touchdown in the last two games. He has the team’s two longest receptions on the year and Weeden has now thrown two of the five longest touchdown passes ever by a Browns rookie quarterback.
Only Tim Couch’s 78-yard pass to running back Terry Kirby was longer than Weeden’s 71-yarder to Gordon.
After one quarter of play, the Bengals held a 7-0 lead over the Browns.
Only three plays after the Bengals started their second possession of the game with an interception of Weeden, Dalton threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jermaine Gresham and gave the team a 7-0 lead with 7:07 left in the first quarter.
Gresham ran a route on the right side of the formation, forced his way out of tackle attempts and ran for the goal line. He absorbed a hit from defensive back
On their first offensive drive of the game, the Browns moved the ball from their 14-yard line down to Cincinnati’s 27, but on first-and-10, Weeden had his pass tipped at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by right defensive end Michael Johnson.
Following the interception, the Bengals took over first-and-10 at their own 37-yard line.
Earlier in the game, the Browns forced a three-and-out on the first series of the game for the Bengals.