Browns last team to claim victory
CLEVELAND — Phil Dawson wasn't convinced the Browns' agonizing losing streak had ended. But once the longtime kicker stepped inside Cleveland's jubilant locker room after the game against the Bengals, there was no doubt. As players hugged, incoming owner Jimmy Haslam beamed and shook hands.
"It was fun to see guys jumping around and happy," said Dawson, with Cleveland since 1999, its first year back in the league. "The (rookies) never had that feeling before, and it was great to see."
Rookie Brandon Weeden threw two touchdown passes on his 29th birthday and ex-Florida cornerback Joe Haden had a pickoff in his return from a suspension for the Browns, who snapped an 11-game skid that matched a franchise high set in 1974-75.
Randy Lerner's sale to Haslam for $1 billion is expected to be approved by owners Tuesday.