It wasn’t pretty, but the Cincinnati Bengals accomplished a feat that no one could’ve predicted coming into the 2009 season.
Cincinnati completed an impressive season sweep of the entire AFC North Sunday with a 16-7 victory over the Cleveland Browns. The win gives the Bengals an 8-3 record, 6-0 in the division, and keeps them in contention for a first-round bye in the AFC playoffs.
It was a sloppy game for the most part. But there were several bright spots for the first-place Bengals.
Recent pickup and backup tailback Larry Johnson (22 carries, 107 rushing yards) had his best game to date with his new team. Cincinnati's defense also had no problem cooling off Browns quarterback Brady Quinn (100 passing yards), who could not duplicate the success he had last week against the Detroit Lions.
The game marked the sixth straight loss for the Browns, who fell to 1-10 on the season.