The Cleveland Browns knocked off the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 9. Here are three important takeaways from one of their biggest wins of the season.
We have been waiting all season long for the Cleveland Browns to play a complete game for 60 minutes on both sides of the football. While they’ve had some high-scoring games, the outcome of those contests just goes to show it doesn’t matter how much you score if you don’t play a complete game of football.
Finally, on Sunday, the Browns played a full 60-minute game, dominating the Bengals in their 41-16 win. From a defensive touchdown to go along with multiple turnovers, as well as an offense being led by a free quarterback, the Browns finally put on display how dominant they can actually be on any given Sunday.
What are the 3 biggest takeaways from their big win in Cincinnati?
Cleveland Browns Takeaway No. 3: Winning turnover battle goes a long way
Whenever a defense can score a touchdown, it usually makes a big difference in the outcome of the game. In Sunday’s win, it did just that. Denzel Wards’ 99-yard interception return for a touchdown stopped what was a long and methodical opening drive by the Bengals, one that was exhausting for the Browns’ defense.
We have been waiting all season long for Cleveland to force multiple turnovers in a game, let alone a big-time game like a division game. The Browns were able to intercept Joe Burrow twice in this game, giving them the spark that carried them throughout the game to dominate for a full 60 minutes.
Usually, when you win the turnover battle, the outcome of the game will be in your favor. Sunday, the outcome fit the narrative.