1. The Browns continued their positive offensive momentum on the opening drive Sunday. After scoring their first first-quarter touchdown last week, they scored their first opening-drive touchdown Sunday. Nick Chubb punched it in from 2 yards. And after starting 13-for-13 in the first half against the Falcons in Cleveland’s previous game, Baker Mayfield started 6-for-6 on Sunday’s opening drive.
2. The Browns denied the Bengals a chance to respond on the next drive when they blocked Randy Bullock’s 54-yard field goal attempt. Then they capitalized on the field position they earned, as Mayfield scrambled to his left and threw a 13-yard, across-his-body touchdown pass to Antonio Callaway.
3. Perhaps the most entertaining touchdown of the day came with 9:18 remaining in the first half. Mayfield threw a screen pass to David Njoku, who tried to leap into the end zone from about the 5-yard line. A Bengals defender caught him at the 2, but Njoku’s teammates pushed him into the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown. Duke Johnson led the pushing initiative, and JC Tretter, Chris Hubbard and Kevin Zeitler chipped in. Njoku then handed the ball to Joel Bitonio, who spiked the ball in celebration.
The Cleveland Browns play the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 12 at Paul Brown Stadium.
4. Chubb, not to be outdone, made his bid for most entertaining touchdown on the next Browns drive. Chubb ran a wheel route on third-and-3 from the Bengals’ 14. And though Mayfield underthrew the route, Chubb still made the catch, squeezing the ball against Brandon Wilson’s helmet and eventually reeling the ball into his chest. That score gave the Browns a 28-0 lead with 2:25 remaining in the first half.
5. The Bengals assisted the Browns on the opening drive of the second half. Billy Price snapped the ball over Andy Dalton’s head from the Bengals’ 34-yard line, and the ball rolled back to the Bengals’ 7 before Emmanuel Ogbah recovered it. Dalton appeared to recover the fumble but he couldn’t secure it and Ogbah snatched it from him. Two plays later, Mayfield rolled to his right and found a wide-open Darren Fells for a 6-yard touchdown. And though the Bengals scored a few touchdowns later, they never got within one score as the Browns won 35-20.