Browns vs. Bengals: 3 takeaways from the demoralizing loss

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Dec 11, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 11, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback
Dec 11, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns cornerback /

The Cleveland Browns continued the march to 0-16 with a 23-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday in a game that was never close.

Well, that was miserable.

The Cleveland Browns did the predictable and lost yet another game, this time to the Cincinnati Bengals in front of a brave crowd.

The weather was awful and so was the football, at least for the Browns. The Bengals were up 20-0 heading into halftime, causing some to accept the final result and head home early.

Those who stayed saw some semblance of a comeback in the second half. The Browns were down 20-10 at the start of the fourth quarter, but there was simply not enough time or talent left to mount an actual comeback.

The game saw the return of Robert Griffin III, who did well to squash any excitement about his potential to lead this team beyond 2016. He missed throws all game and made several horrible decisions, continuing the trend seen all season.

It is hard to believe the Browns can win a game this season, as the second half of the season has seen the team on a steady decline. There still seems to be effort on both sides of the ball, but the talent is simply not there.

Let’s now take a look at some glaring takeaways from the 13th loss of the season.

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