In 2022 NFL season Browns Turningponits Break Series of failures In Prevail upon Bengals

The defense followed up Bell's pick with a three-and-out of its own fueled by Hubbard, who had already split a sack with right end Trey Hendrickson on the game's first series. This time, on first down, he pinned a one-yard loss on Hunt.

While Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow couldn't get his high-flying offense on track Monday night at FirstEnergy Stadium, Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett steered Cleveland to the 32-13 AFC North victory they badly needed.

Burrow threw touchdown passes of 13 yards to wide receiver Tyler Boyd and 41 to a jump-ball contesting Tee Higgins. It was too little too late as Burrow finished 25 of 35 for 223 yards and none of his big-time receivers had over 50. 

When it rains, it pours. After a high snap, kicker Evan McPherson missed an extra point after the first touchdown.

Attrition  caught up to the Bengals' streak of not allowing a second-half touchdown. During the game they lost starting cornerback Chidobe Awuzie (knee), and his backup, Tre Flowers left with a hamstring injury late in the third quarter after Brissett declared war on the limping secondary.

 Nick Chubb ran it in from 11 yards out with 8:46 left, Brissett had thrown his last pass and finished 17 of 22 for 278 yards. He set up that last score on a 53-yard heave to wide receiver Amari Cooper, lined up on the outside against rookie safety Dax Hill.

The vet Cooper had five catches for 131 yards and resident Bengals' killer Donovan Peoples-Jones had four catches for 81 more. 

vet Cooper catching up to the Bengals defense were the injuries to their top two nose tackles, D.J. Reader and Josh Tupou, as the Browns' running tandem did its damage with Chubb getting his fifth 100-yard game against the Bengals and Kareem Hunt adding 42 on 11 carries.

McPherson pushed a 44-yard field goal try right, just his second career miss on the road. 

All the momentum the Bengals had gathered moments before vanished. Cincy linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither got his first career fumble recovery at the Bengals 49 with 1:49 left in the half. 

when Burrow hit tight end Hayden Hurst for 21 yards for his first catch of the night, the Bengals had a first down on the Browns 30 with 1:03 left. But seventh-round rookie edge Isaiah Thomas shot past left tackle Jonah Williams for a sack and they had to call on McPherson.

The Browns finally broke open a scoreless game in the middle of the first half when Amari Cooper shook loose for two huge third-down conversions. The first one he floated through a zone for 29 yards and on the second he lined up in the slot won a back-shoulder throw for 18 yards.