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Second quarter from Browns-Bengals

By Pat McManamon Published: September 16, 2007

Browns 27, Bengals 21

First down -- Browns cornerback Leigh Bodden is limping noticeably. He hurt a groin muscle during the week. That has to affect him covering Chad Johnson.
Second down -- The defense forces a fumble, with Antwan Peek ripping the ball from Rudi Johnson. Big chance early in the second quarter for the Browns to seize the momentum. They do that with a touchdown -- Kellen Winslow's third-down catch setting up Joe Jurevicius' 17-yard touchdown catch. The Browns take advantage of turnovers to take a 13-7 lead. Now it's up to the defense.
Third down -- The Bengals throw a touchdown pass to T. J. Houshmandzedeh, who just gets his feet down (or so the official said). But the play clock had run out ... Cincinnati clearly snapped the ball after the play clock hit zero. It should have been a delay of game. The Bengals take a 14-13 lead when they should have had second-and-15.
Fourth down -- Joshua Cribbs sets up another Anderson-to-Jurevicius touchdown pass. The Browns lead 20-14, and provide the kind of effort that was missing a week ago. This is more like it. A week late is certainly better than never.
Fifth down (bear with me) -- Brodney Pool levels Glenn Holt after a catch down the sidelines and is penalized. The fans don't like it, but Pool led with his helmet, and the rules say that's illegal against a defenseless player, which Holt was. Chad Johnson ends the drive with a touchdown, aided by three defensive penalties. Johnson gave Leigh Bodden an inside-out move, and you wonder if Bodden was able to turn to cover him.
Sixth down (keep bearing with me) -- Joshua Cribbs? Football player.
Seventh down (this is getting hard to keep up with) -- Derek Anderson leads the Browns to a touchdown and Cleveland scores on five possessions in a row. Officialy, let it be known: This is impressive.


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