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Bengals admit they lost behind lack of effort & focus across the board

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Sep 29, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer (6) throws a pass during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

An injured secondary had trouble slowing Brian Hoyer, let alone stopping him in his first home start with the Browns. Brandon Weeden watched from the sideline with an injured right thumb as Hoyer made just enough plays to get Cleveland the win.

"“Yeah, they just out-played us today. We can’t be out there half-stepping,” Defensive tackle Domata Peko said. “We have to come out and play a lot better next week if we want to win. It’s a tough one for us today, a little sad, but we have to play better. They out-played us on third down. Their defense had two turnovers and we didn’t have any. It’s hard to win when you don’t have any turnovers and can’t stop them on third down. We have to get better on defense and better as a team overall.”"

Gresham was perhaps the lone highlight for the Bengals, as he had two great catches over the middle of the field. He went to the sideline after taking a shot that knocked the ball loose from his hands on a high throw by Dalton.

Bernard showed a few spurts in the ground game, coinciding with the Law Firm’s inability to run farther than the line of scrimmage.

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