Loss in Cincinnati another 'OIC' moment


The numbers from the Cleveland Browns' loss Sunday in Cincinnati are pretty mind-boggling.

As Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said, a lot of things happened “that are atypical.”

Here’s a quick rundown:

• The Browns had a punt blocked, and another tipped. The only reason the second was not considered a block was it went past the line of scrimmage after it was tipped -- for nine yards. Only once in Browns history has the team had two punts blocked in a game. That happened back on Sept. 30, 1990, when Bryan Wagner had two blocked in a 34-0 loss to Kansas City.

• The last time the Browns had a punt even blocked was 20 years ago, on Nov. 21, 1993.

• And the last time the Browns had a blocked punt that was returned for a touchdown was 23 years ago, in 1990.

• The Browns had never in their history had a game when they had a blocked punt returned for a touchdown and a fumble returned for a touchdown.

• The Bengals set a team record with 31 points in the second quarter.

• They did it by running 14 offensive plays, with two punts (neither blocked) and one field goal.

• The Bengals scored 31 points while having possession of the ball for 3:42 (compared to the Browns 11:18) and going 1-for-4 on third down.

• Naturally, that third down conversion was a touchdown pass.

• The Bengals had 31 points at halftime, and three first downs.

• Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw 27 passes for 93 yards, an anemic 3.44 yards per pass.

• Dalton averaged 7.15 yards per completion. Cleveland’s Jason Campbell had 248 yards with a touchdown of 74 yards to Josh Gordon. Other than that throw, Campbell was Captain Checkdown. On the passes other than the TD, Campbell averaged 6.7 yards per completion, lower than Dalton.

• Dalton had three touchdowns in his 13 completions. Despite the three touchdowns, his passer rating was just 62.7.

• Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu had a 25-yard completion on a gadget play. His passer rating of 118.8 was higher than that of Dalton and Campbell combined.

• Bengals receiver A.J. Green had the worst day of his career, with two catches for seven yards.

• The Browns averaged 5.4 yards per rush and had a 74-yard touchdown pass.

• The Bengals were 1-for-14 on third down.

• The Bengals won by 21 points.

Put it all together and it simply should not add up.

Around Northeast Ohio, there’s a moniker for this.


Only In Cleveland.