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Here's a look back at Bengals-Browns from a Cleveland perspective:
Final score: Browns 23, Bengals 20.
Positives: The Browns finally closed out a game in which they had a fourth-quarter lead. RB Peyton Hillis had another productive game, rushing for 102 yards on 27 carries. Sixty-five of Hillis' yards came in the second half, with his 24-yard run off right tackle providing the decisive first down of the game for Cleveland. The Browns' pass rush was stronger than it had been all season, with OLB Matt Roth notching two of Cleveland's four sacks. OLB Scott Fujita continues to play well; he had a sack and blocked a field goal.
Negatives: The Browns' pass defense had a day to forget. WR Terrell Owens racked up 222 yards and beat CB Sheldon Browns on a 78-yard TD. A personal-foul penalty from rookie S T.J. Ward extended a Cincinnati drive and ended in a Brian Leonard three-yard TD run with 10:44 left, cutting Cleveland's lead to 23-20. WR Mohamed Massaquoi was again a nonfactor, catching just one pass for five yards. QB Seneca Wallace's last completion came with 12:17 left in the third quarter, and Cleveland's final five passes of the game fell incomplete.
Outlook: The Browns' first victory of the season leaves them two games out of first place with Atlanta (3-1) visiting Cleveland Browns Stadium next Sunday. The Falcons came back to beat winless San Francisco in Week Four. The emergence of Hillis has bolstered the Browns' running game, but the Browns' secondary play is an issue that must be fixed.