Browns blow out Bengals

The Cleveland Browns took over Paul Brown Stadium, routing the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday night.

During a 24-3 victory that sent the Browns into a share of first place in the AFC North division, tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"This is a little different Browns team than the rest of the league is used to seeing," Browns cornerback Joe Haden said.

The Browns are 6-3, and off to their best start in two decades. They snapped a 17-game streak of road losses to division opponents.

"A huge boost for our guys," Browns coach Mike Pettine said. "Just look at the streaks we ended. Not many people gave us a chance."

The Bengals (5-3-1) are now 18-41 in prime time games. Quarterback Andy Dalton struggled mightily in the loss.

"It does confound me," coach Marvin Lewis said. "For whatever reason, the two times this year we didn't play well. Because we were at home, there was an energy and excitement instead of being steely eyed and focusing on what we have to do."

Dalton completed 10 of 33 passes for 86 yards with three interceptions, two sacks and a two passer rating.

"We didn't start fast, and that's on me," Dalton said. "I missed a couple early and could never get into a rhythm."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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