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By Mike Wilkening

Here's observations on the first two quarters of Bengals-Browns from a Cleveland perspective:

Halftime score: Browns 13, Bengals 10

Postitives: The Browns' offense (194 yards gained in the first 30 minutes) again played well in a first half. Cleveland mixed the run and pass well and attacked the middle of the field in the passing game with success. TE Evan Moore got down the seam for a 24-yard TD, and QB Seneca Wallace hit Benjamin Watson on a 21-yard pass down the middle than ended up being a 36-yard gain with a 15-yard Cincinnati penalty.

Negatives: The Browns blitzed but could not get to QB Carson Palmer, who hit WR Terrell Owens for a 78-yard TD pass. Owens beat CB Sheldon Brown, who fell down. Owens, who had 128 receiving yards in the first half, also beat rookie CB Joe Haden for a completion. Wallace, who otherwise played well in the first half, was intercepted once and could have picked off at least one other time. Finally, Watson drew a 15-yard celebration penalty after Moore's TD.

Outlook: The Browns' defense, which surrendered 233 yards in the first half, must find a way to slow a Bengals passing game that has reawakened on Sunday after struggling last week.

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