Long touchdown, longer season
CINCINNATI — A.J. Green juggled oranges on a postgame show after a win earlier this season, showing off for the cameras. His latest sleight-of-hand got a touchdown and turned a game. And maybe the Bengals' season, too.
Green's one-handed catch in the middle of an end zone scrum highlighted Cincinnati's day full of big plays, and the Bengals routed their state rival.
Green's 48-yard touchdown catch on the final play of the first half helped the Bengals regain their footing in the injury-depleted AFC North.
"We needed it in a big way," said Brandon LaFell, who caught a 44-yard touchdown.
Cleveland, the league's only winless team, extended its worst start since 1999, when the franchise re-entered the league. The Browns also lost yet another quarterback — the theme of their season. Cody Kessler left in the second quarter for a concussion evaluation and was ruled out. Undrafted rookie Kevin Hogan became the Browns' sixth quarterback of the season.