Bengals still own state rival Browns
CINCINNATI — The onside kick tumbled one last time, into the arms of A.J. Green. Cincinnati's Pro Bowl receiver pulled it close and covered it up, a modest finish to a game full of wild plays.
It provided a familiar ending, too.
Adam "Pacman" Jones returned Cleveland's first punt 81 yards for a touchdown and Andy Dalton tied his career high with three touchdown passes to lead the Bengals to their 13th victory in the past 16 meetings with their in-state rival.
"We've been saying all along that we've got a lot of guys with talent," Dalton said. "It was great getting them into the game and seeing them make the plays that they did."
Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden threw for 322 yards and two touchdowns, rebounding from one of the worst debuts ever — four interceptions against the Eagles and a 5.1 rating. The Browns got within seven with 20 seconds left but that was it.