Cincinnati posted its first shutout since Dec. 3, 1989. The Bengals entered with the league's worst defense at 378 yards per game. But the Browns had 167 after three.
The Bengals scored on three of four series and had 15 first downs for a 17-0 halftime lead. Carson Palmer was 16-of-20 for 175 yards. Chad Johnson had seven catches for 123 yards for the game and has 573 in his past three games.
The only bad news was running back Chris Perry broke his right leg in the second quarter and is out for the season.
NOTABLE: After consecutive interceptions in the third, Browns receiver Braylon Edwards reached around running back Reuben Droughns on the sideline to grab quarterback Charlie Frye's left shoulder then yelled at teammates about protecting the quarterback. Edwards declined to comment.