- Pat McManamon, ESPN Staff Writer
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Four plays: The Browns knew that the loss to the Bengals came down to four plays -- one blocked punt, one tipped punt, one interception that set up a Cincinnati touchdown and one fumble that was returned for a touchdown. The Browns gave the Bengals 28 of their 31 points in the second quarter on what coach Rob Chudzinski said were plays that “were a disaster.”
Tough to stomach: T.J. Ward could not believe the Bengals had 31 points and three first downs in the first half. Nobody could, especially defensively. It’s simply not a stat that makes a lot of sense, or that folks see too often.
My bad: A lot of folks took the blame in the locker room. Jason Campbell said it was his job to get the team in the end zone early, and he didn’t. Barkevious Mingo said he was at fault for the blocked punt that the Bengals returned for a touchdown. A 21-point loss in a “big” game tends to lead to a lot of responsibility being shared.
It was expected: Punter Spencer Lanning said he fully expected Cincinnati to pressure his punts when he kicked into the wind. The Bengals obliged, tipping one punt and blocking another, even though Lanning said his side of things was as it should have been.
Getaway: The Browns had an abbreviated locker room and hustled their players to the team plane within an hour after the game ended. The goal: To beat the storm that was heading toward Cincinnati; the same storm that delayed the game in Chicago. Players did interviews with team officials scampering around yelling “five minutes.”
21hJason Gibbs, Special to ESPN.com
2dJason Gibbs, Special to ESPN.com