CLEVELAND (AP) — Nick Chubb rushed for two touchdowns and Myles Garrett and Cleveland’s defense frustrated Joe Barrow as the Browns routed Cincinnati 32-13 on Monday night, keeping the Bengals’ star quarterback winless against them.
Garrett, who arrived at FirstEnergy Stadium in a Halloween costume, led a fearsome defense that sacked the Bears five times and held the Bengals (4-4) to 229 yards — 100 in the first half.
Burrow has already been to the Super Bowl in just three NFL seasons. However, the Ohio native has yet to defeat Cleveland, falling to 0-4 in four career starts against AFC North rival Cincinnati.
The Browns (3-5) snapped a four-game losing streak and saved their season from collapse in the process as they try to stay competitive while waiting for quarterback Deshaun Watson to return from an 11-game suspension.
Jacoby Brissett ran for a TD and another to lead Cleveland to its fifth straight win over Cincinnati. He completed 17 of 22 for 278 yards and a 133.7 rating in the loss to Burrow.
Chubb scored on runs of 3 and 11 yards, and Brissett added a 3-yard TD run and connected with Amari Cooper on a 4-yard pass in the second half as the Browns raced to a 25-0 lead, playing their best all-around game in in 2022.
Led by Garrett, Cleveland’s defense, which has struggled most of the season, put relentless pressure on Barrow, who was without leading receiver Ja’Mar Chase due to a hip injury.
However, even a healthy Chase may not have been enough to help the Burrows. He finished 25 of 35 for 232 yards with two TDs and one interception.
In the fourth quarter, Barrow connected with Tyler Boyd and Ty Higgins on assists, but they only helped him add to his stats and took the score off the scoreboard.
Garrett set the tone for the scary performance for the Browns by dressing up as Vekna, the ominous alien character from the Stranger Things TV series. It was a truly amazing night as the Browns finally looked like a competent team and pulled off a lopsided win after so many close losses.
THE BENGALS ARE BROKEN
Cincinnati didn’t allow a second-half touchdown on its first seven plays before the Browns scored three TDs after halftime.
With the trade deadline on Tuesday, Browns running back Kareem Hunt has been embroiled in rumors for weeks. Chatter about his future began when he demanded to be dealt with in August after the team did not offer him a contract extension.
Hunt ran for 42 yards on 11 carries.
HADEN IS HONORED
Former Browns cornerback Joe Haden served as honorary game captain. He signed a one-day contract to officially retire from Cleveland, who drafted him in the first round in 2010. Haden was a two-time pro player for seven seasons with the Browns before playing for rival Pittsburgh.
Bengals: CB Chidobe Awuzie left with a right knee injury in the second quarter and did not return. … CB Tre Flowers (hamstring) left in the third.
Browns: RT Jack Conklin went to the locker room late in the first half with an undisclosed injury but returned after halftime.
Bengals: Host the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
Browns: Bye week before visiting Miami on Nov. 13, first of four road games in five weeks.
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