November 24, 2014

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Brian Dulik: Browns make believers of television audience

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) is tackled by Cleveland Browns defensive end Billy Winn (90) Thursday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

NBC didn’t believe the Browns were ready to play in primetime. Neither did ESPN or CBS. That’s why Cleveland’s one guaranteed national television appearance of the season took place on NFL Network. Suffice to say, the Browns made the most of their lone opportunity, dominating the Cincinnati Bengals in a 24-3 victory on Thursday Night Read More…

Browns notes: WR Hawkins misses Cincinnati homecoming

Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge (82) makes a catch against Cincinnati Bengals free safety Reggie Nelson (20) Thursday. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

CINCINNATI — Andrew Hawkins missed his homecoming. Hawkins, Cleveland’s leading receiver, was inactive Thursday night for the matchup with the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. He spent the previous three years with the Bengals before being signed by the Browns as a restricted free agent. Hawkins took a big hit to his thigh and knee Read More…

Browns 24, Bengals 3: Cleveland dominates on national TV, moves into first-place tie

Cleveland Browns running back Ben Tate (44) scores a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half Thursday in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

CINCINNATI — The Browns were more than ready for prime time Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium. They have a spot in first place to prove it. The Browns dominated the Bengals in a 24-3 victory on national television. It was their first road win inside the AFC North since 2008, snapping a string of Read More…

Browns pregame update: Leading WR Andrew Hawkins inactive; 3 points of interest; numbers game; the prediction

CINCINNATI — The Browns will enter arguably their biggest game since 2007 without leading receiver Andrew Hawkins. Hawkins took a big hit to his thigh and knee Sunday in a win over Tampa Bay and was listed as questionable for tonight’s game against the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. He tested the leg during pregame Read More…

Primed for the spotlight: Browns embracing chance to play meaningful game this late in season

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The Bengals’ 5-2-1 start and spot atop the AFC North is no surprise. They’ve been to the playoffs three straight years and were a preseason pick to win the division. The Browns’ 5-3 mark at the midpoint of the season qualifies as a shocker. They haven’t made the playoffs since 2002 and haven’t been 5-3 Read More…

Browns vs. Bengals: Marquee matchup features wide receiver A.J. Green vs. cornerback Joe Haden

Cleveland Browns cornerback Joe Haden breaks up a pass intended for Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans Sunday. (AP Photo/David Richard)

A.J. (left) Green’s first three seasons were as good as any wide receiver in NFL history, featuring three Pro Bowl selections and a league-record 260 receptions. The Georgia product broke Anquan Boldin’s mark for catches in a player’s first three years, while gaining 3,833 yards and scoring 29 touchdowns. Only Randy Moss had more receiving Read More…

Browns: Former WR Greg Little criticizes Pettine, says game is personal

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Greg Little warms up before a game in Cincinnati on Sunday. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

BEREA — Wide receiver Greg Little always talked a good game during his three seasons with the Browns. He continues to do so as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals. Little criticized Cleveland coach Mike Pettine and vowed to exact revenge on his former team Tuesday during a group interview in Cincinnati. The Browns play Read More…

Browns GM Ray Farmer wants rookie QB Johnny Manziel to play when time is right

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel warms up before an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday in Cleveland. Cleveland won 22-17. (AP Photo/David Richard)

BEREA — General manager Ray Farmer wants the time to be right for rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel to enter the lineup. Farmer understands people are eager to see “what’s under the hood” with the popular Manziel and believes he can be a successful starter, but isn’t in a rush to get an evaluation. “I would Read More…

Browns get back to work quickly with huge Thursday night game against Bengals approaching fast

Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas blocks during an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday in Cleveland. The Browns won 22-17. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Joe Thomas’ week will include extra massages and stretching. The Pro Bowl left tackle doesn’t have a midseason spa vacation planned, rather a Thursday night game in Cincinnati with first place in the AFC North on the line. “They’re pretty tough,” Thomas said Monday of short weeks. “Especially as you get older, you don’t start Read More…

Browns Notes: Rookie RB Terrance West has rebounded from rough stretch by practicing hard, running straight ahead

Cleveland Browns running back Terrance West (28) runs untouched into the end zone on a two-yard touchdown catch against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third quarter of an NFL football game in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Terrance West learned his lesson. Make that, lessons. The rookie running back is practicing hard and going straight ahead in short yardage after a rough stretch last month. “He’s done a nice job,” left tackle Joe Thomas said Sunday after West played a big role in the 22-17 win over Tampa Bay. “I think a Read More…