Dec 14, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) is sacked by Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Wallace Gilberry (95)during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports
The Cincinnati Bengals got some early life as they take a 10-0 lead out of the first half.
Jeremy Hill is the early team leader with 103 yards on the ground including two touchdown. Andy Dalton has 66 yards through the air on 8 completions in 15 attempts. AJ Green has 36 yards and 4 of those catches. Joe Hayden did leave the game for the Browns after an unknown injury, which could be a huge advantage for AJ Green.
The defense has controlled Johnny Manziel with one sack for nine yards by Wallace Gilberry and kept him short on 3rd and 4. They have forced a few 3 and outs, they have only allowed a 22 yards. The defense looks big just like they did last week in the first quarter. Dre Kirkpatrick and Adam Jones gets two huge interceptions that makes the Browns rethink Johnny Manziel as that trade up draft pick.
Mike Nugent is two for two on field goals both from 44 yards. Kevin Huber has yet to see a punt this game. The kick off team has pinned the Brown inside their 20 one almost every kickoff so far. Special teams is definitely doing their job.
The Bengals will defense will need to keep from making stupid penalties like Rey Maualuga had a taunting penalty, and Gilberry offside. The Bengals will be need to continue to be solid on both sides of the ball. If the Browns lose, they will not be able to win the division, since they will be two and a half games behind the Bengals with two games left.