Chubb runs for 2 TD, Browns blow Burrow, Bengals 32-13

CLEVELAND (AP) — For the first time this season, the Cleveland Browns pulled it all together and played as one team — offense, special defense teams.

Scary for Halloween.

“It was one of those days where we were imposing our will,” quarterback Jacoby Brisset said.

Nick Chubb scored two touchdowns and defenses from Miles Garrett and Cleveland upset Joe Burrow when the Browns thrashed Cincinnati 32–13 on Monday night, leaving the Bengals star quarterback without a win against them.

Garrett, who came to FirstEnergy Stadium in a Halloween costume, led the active defense that fired Burrow five times and held the Bengals (4-4) to 229 yards-100 in the first half.

“Miles was very good,” said Browns coach Kevin Stefanki with a smile. “He does what No. 95 does. He was dominant there. It is very difficult for people to block one on one. He gets a ton of attention and when that happens, others get one on one.”

Burrow had already been in the Super Bowl in just three NFL seasons. However, the Ohio native has yet to beat the Clevelands, dropping to 0-4 in four career starts against Cincinnati rivals AFC North.

The Browns (3-5) snapped a four-game losing streak and saved their season from slipping in the process as they try to stay competitive while awaiting the return of quarterback Deshawn Watson after an 11-game suspension.

Garrett was pleased with the performance, but as the Browns went to say goodbye, he stressed that it wouldn’t mean anything without another one like it.

“It should be routine. This should be the standard,” he said. “We have to make sure everything we did before this game stays the same next week. We wave what is needed. We have taken our pieces but we will show what we have and our dedication to the game and what it takes to win in this league because they don’t come easy.

“Right now, to get this win and dominate, it shows the guys how good we really are.”

Brisset ran for TD and changed, leading the Clevelands to their fifth straight win over Cincinnati. He scored 17 of 22 points for 278 yards and scored a career-high rating of 133.7 by beating Burrow.

Chubb scored in Series 3 and 11 yardsand Brisset added a 3-yard TD run and connected with Amari Cooper on a 4-yard pass in the second half as the Browns took a 25-0 lead with their best all-around game of 2022.

“The game ended 25-0 before you even realize it,” said Bengals coach Zach Taylor. “We just didn’t come back. The worst thing you can do against the Cleveland Browns is give them a two or three point lead with their running game and their fast passing.”

Led by Garrett, the Cleveland defense, which had struggled for most of the season, put relentless pressure on Burrow, who was missing top wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase with a hip injury.

However, even a healthy Chase may not have been enough to help Barrow. He finished 25 of 35 for 232 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

“He’s one of the elite of the elite in the game,” Barrow said of Garrett, who finished with 1 1’2 sacks. “He will always play the way he does today.”

Burrow tied fourth-quarter assists with Tyler Boyd and Ty Higgins but that only helped him increase his stats and soften the scoreboard a bit.

Garrett set the tone for the Browns’ scary performance by dressing up as Vecna, the sinister alien character from Stranger Things. It was a really strange night as the Browns finally looked like a competent team and recorded a lopsided win after so many close losses.

“We expect him to set the tone for us,” Brisset said of Garrett. “He will come and tell you that he fed on a lot of other guys. They didn’t have many places to throw the ball tonight and it was from the back but also from the front.”

It was Cleveland’s second breakout at Cincinnati in two years. The Browns beat the Bengals 41-6 in their first meeting last year.

“They’ve had our number for the last couple of years,” Barrow said. “They always play well against us, they have very good defensive players and they train very well.”

BENGALS BROKEN

Cincinnati had no second-half touchdowns in the first seven games before the Browns scored three touchdowns after the break.

TRADING TALK

Tuesday’s trade deadline running back Browns Karim Hunt has been involved in rumors for weeks. Talk of his future began when he demanded a deal in August after the team failed to offer him a contract extension.

Hunt ran for 42 yards on 11 carries.

HADEN HONORARY

Former Browns defenseman Joe Hayden was the honorary game captain. He signed a one-day contract to officially retire from Cleveland, who drafted him in the first round in 2010. Hayden was a two-time pro bowler for seven seasons with the Browns before playing for rival Pittsburgh.

INJURIES:

Bengals: CB Chidobe Awuzie left the stadium on crutches and with his right knee immobilized. … CB Tre Flowers (hamstring) remained third.

Browns: RT Jack Conklin retired to the locker room late in the first half with an unknown injury but returned after half time.

NEXT

Bengals: Host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Browns: Goodbye a week before visiting Miami on November 13th.

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