Bengals itching for more after rout
CLEVELAND — Clobbering a rival isn't enough. A seemingly inevitable fifth straight playoff spot isn't satisfying.
Not for these Bengals.
Andy Dalton threw for two touchdowns and ran for one as Cincinnati moved closer to the AFC North title by routing woeful Cleveland.
Dalton connected with A.J. Green for a 23-yard score in the second quarter for the Bengals, off to only their second 10-2 start and first since 1975.
"It's a new year," Dalton said after his 50th career win. "It's a new mentality for us. … For us, we have bigger goals than just making the playoffs. "
They've yet to win a playoff game with Dalton, their red-haired, rifle-armed QB, but Cincinnati is determined to end that streak and appear to have all the ingredients to make a Super Bowl run.
The Browns, meanwhile, lost their seventh in a row. Austin Davis passed for 231 yards in his first start this season.