Browns Playoff Hopes Take a Hit at Cincy

Bengals defense, weather slows Cleveland offense
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2007 8:59 PM CST
Cleveland Browns running back Jamal Lewis (31) is tackled by Cincinnati Bengals defenders Johnathan Joseph, left, and Dhani Jones, right, in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2007,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Cincinnati gave Cleveland a different look in their second matchup of the season: they showed up on defense, reports AP, picking off Browns quarterback Derek Anderson four times and hanging on for a 19-14 win. The Bengals scored twice in 39 seconds in the second quarter. Backup Kenny Watson rushed for 130 yards and a touchdown to pace the offense.

This Browns-Bengals game was quite a contrast to their last contest, where 96 points were scored and Anderson threw for five scores. In today's tough conditions, Braylon Edwards scored twice and set a team record with 15 TD catches this season. The loss puts Cleveland's playoff hopes in doubt now, as it battles Tennessee for the final AFC playoff spot.