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Green's catch highlights Bengals' 31-17 win over Browns

CINCINNATI (AP) A.J. Green juggled oranges on a postgame show after a win earlier this season, showing off for the cameras. His latest sleight-of-hand got a touchdown and turned a game.

And maybe the Bengals' season, too.

Green's one-handed catch in the middle of an end zone scrum highlighted Cincinnati's day full of big plays, and the Bengals pulled away to another lopsided victory over their intrastate rival, beating the winless Cleveland Browns 31-17 on Sunday.

Green's 48-yard touchdown catch on the final play of the first half helped the Bengals (3-4) regain their footing in the injury-depleted AFC North.

''We needed it in a big way,'' said Brandon LaFell, who caught a 44-yard touchdown pass.

The defending division champions piled up their most points since they beat the Browns 37-3 last December. Jeremy Hill had a 74-yard touchdown run as part of his 168-yard effort, the best by a Bengals running back in seven years.

After failing to score more than 23 points in any of the first six games, the Bengals finally got their act together against one of the league's worst defenses, piling up 559 yards - their most since 1990.

''It's definitely a start for us,'' Hill said. ''We're not satisfied, but it's a start in the right direction.''

For Cleveland, it was just another step in a downward trend since the season opener.

The Browns (0-7) extended their worst start since 1999, when they were a first-year expansion team. The NFL's only winless team also lost yet another quarterback - the theme of their season.

Cody Kessler got hit hard while throwing a shovel pass in the second quarter, then went to the locker for a concussion evaluation and was ruled out.

''Quarterbacks only have so many hits in them,'' Browns coach Hue Jackson said. ''It's unfortunate. On we go.''

The concussion left the offense in the hands of undrafted rookie Kevin Hogan, the Browns' sixth quarterback of the season.

Hogan - Cleveland's last quarterback standing - kept it close for a while by scrambling 28 yards for his first NFL touchdown, the longest TD run by a quarterback in team history. He finished as the Browns' top rusher with 104 yards.

''Running is something I've always felt confident in, that I could get a first down or a big gain,'' Hogan said.

With cornerback Joe Haden sidelined, the Browns had nobody who could cover Green, who had eight catches for 169 yards. The entire Browns defense couldn't stop him on the final play of the first half.

Green reached with his right hand and pulled in the tipped ball for a 21-10 halftime lead.

''I beat everybody down there, so I had first dibs on the ball,'' Green said. ''I tapped it to myself a couple of times.''

He also had a 48-yard catch down the sideline that set up a field goal as the Bengals pulled away in the third quarter.

ONE-SIDED RIVALRY

The Bengals have won the past four in the series by scores of 30-0, 31-10, 37-3 and 31-17. The Bengals' 37-3 win in Cleveland last December was Cincinnati's most lopsided in the series and matched the biggest margin of victory by either team.

INJURIES

Browns: Haden was sidelined with a groin injury. Terrelle Pryor, who leads the Browns in receiving, played with an injured hamstring and had two catches for 18 yards.

Bengals: TE Tyler Eifert was active for the first time following offseason ankle surgery and a back injury. Eifert got onto the field on the second series and finished with one catch for 9 yards.

ORANGE YOU CONFUSED

It was tough to distinguish the teams by uniform. Both have orange helmets. The Browns wore white jerseys and orange pants. The Bengals wore orange jerseys and white pants. And it was all the same shade of orange.

FANTASY IMPACT

Andy Dalton has his third straight big game against the Browns, going 19 of 28 for 308 yards with two TDs. In his past three games against Cleveland, Dalton is 54 of 74 for 762 yards with seven TDs and no interceptions.

UP NEXT

The Browns host the Jets, whom they haven't beaten since 2007. They've dropped their past three against the Jets, including a 31-10 defeat in 2015.

The Bengals make their first trip to London, facing former offensive coordinator Jay Gruden's Washington team. The Bengals have won their past three against Washington.

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Key Players
K. Hogan 8 QB
100 YDs, 0 TDs, 2 INTs
J. Hill 32 RB
168 YDs, 1 TDs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 4:19
M.Nugent 36 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-C.Harris, Holder-K.Huber.
7
plays
66
yds
3:16
pos
17
31
Point After TD 9:47
M.Nugent extra point is GOOD, Center-C.Harris, Holder-K.Huber.
plays
yds
pos
17
28
Touchdown 9:47
J.Hill right tackle for 74 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
2
plays
75
yds
0:56
pos
17
27
Point After TD 10:43
C.Parkey extra point is GOOD, Center-C.Hughlett, Holder-B.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
17
21
Touchdown 10:43
K.Hogan scrambles left tackle for 28 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
75
yds
4:17
pos
16
21
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:00
M.Nugent extra point is GOOD, Center-C.Harris, Holder-K.Huber.
plays
yds
pos
10
21
Touchdown 0:00
A.Dalton pass deep middle to A.Green for 48 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
85
yds
1:03
pos
10
20
Point After TD 4:09
M.Nugent extra point is GOOD, Center-C.Harris, Holder-K.Huber.
plays
yds
pos
10
14
Touchdown 4:09
A.Dalton pass deep left to B.LaFell for 44 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Penalty on CLE-J.Taylor, Illegal Contact, declined.
5
plays
80
yds
2:11
pos
10
13
Point After TD 6:20
C.Parkey extra point is GOOD, Center-C.Hughlett, Holder-B.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
10
7
Touchdown 6:20
I.Crowell right guard for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
70
yds
5:39
pos
9
7
Field Goal 13:26
C.Parkey 28 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-C.Hughlett, Holder-B.Colquitt.
10
plays
60
yds
5:16
pos
3
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 12:14
M.Nugent extra point is GOOD, Center-C.Harris, Holder-K.Huber.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 12:14
G.Bernard right end for 5 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
75
yds
2:46
pos
0
6
Time of Pos 31:48 28:12
1st Downs 22 23
Rushing 10 11
Passing 11 12
Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Conv 6-14 5-10
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 352 559
Total Plays 63 61
Avg Gain 5.6 9.2
Net Yards Rushing 180 271
Rush Attempts 26 30
Avg Rush Yards 6.9 9.0
Net Yards Passing 172 288
Comp. - Att. 21-35 19-28
Yards Per Pass 4.9 10.3
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-10 3-20
Penalties - Yards 5-35 3-30
Touchdowns 2 4
Rushing TDs 2 2
Passing TDs 0 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-1
Int. Thrown 2 0
Punts - Avg 5-41.8 2-44.5
Return Yards 21 46
Punts - Returns 1-3 2-3
Kickoffs - Returns 1-18 1-23
Int. - Returns 0-0 2-20
Kicking 3/3 5/7
Extra Points 2/2 4/4
Field Goals 1/1 1/3
Red Zone Eff. 1-2 -50% 1-2 -50%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-1 -100% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Browns 0-70107017
Bengals 3-471410031
172 PASS YDS 288
180 RUSH YDS 271
352 TOTAL YDS 559
Browns
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
K. Hogan 8 QB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 100 0 2 26.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 100 0 2 26.4
K. Hogan 12/24 100 0 2 16
C. Kessler 6 QB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
81.8% 82 0 0 97.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.9% 947 4 1 94.4
C. Kessler 9/11 82 0 0 3
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
K. Hogan 8 QB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 104 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 104 1
K. Hogan 7 104 1 28 16
I. Crowell 34 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 63 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
95 495 4
I. Crowell 12 63 1 21 13
D. Johnson 29 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
38 182 1
D. Johnson 6 15 0 5 2
C. Kessler 6 QB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 2 0
C. Kessler 1 -2 0 -2 3
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
G. Barnidge 82 TE
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 6 66 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 30 361 0
G. Barnidge 7 6 66 0 17 6
M. Johnson 42 FB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 44 0
M. Johnson 2 1 21 0 21 2
R. Higgins 81 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 33 0
R. Higgins 2 2 19 0 17 1
A. Hawkins 16 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 193 1
A. Hawkins 4 2 19 0 15 1
T. Pryor 11 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 18 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 35 431 3
T. Pryor 4 2 18 0 13 1
D. Johnson 29 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 18 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 28 210 0
D. Johnson 5 4 18 0 13 2
I. Crowell 34 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 16 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 107 0
I. Crowell 4 3 16 0 10 13
R. Louis 80 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 151 0
R. Louis 3 1 5 0 5 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
E. Ogbah 90 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-8 0 3.0
E. Ogbah 5-1 2.0 0 0
B. Boddy-Calhoun 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-2 1 1.0
B. Boddy-Calhoun 4-0 0.0 0 0
C. Kirksey 58 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-5 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-21 0 1.5
C. Kirksey 4-5 0.5 0 0
J. Taylor 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-6 2 0.0
J. Taylor 3-2 0.0 0 0
X. Cooper 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 0.0
X. Cooper 3-1 0.0 0 0
D. Shelton 55 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-13 0 1.0
D. Shelton 3-0 0.0 0 0
T. Howard 41 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
T. Howard 3-1 0.0 0 0
D. Davis 56 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-19 0 0.0
D. Davis 2-2 0.0 0 0
I. Campbell 24 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-4 0 0.0
I. Campbell 2-1 0.0 0 0
D. Kindred 30 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-6 0 0.0
D. Kindred 2-2 0.0 0 0
T. Williams 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-5 1 0.0
T. Williams 2-1 0.0 0 0
C. Nassib 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.5
C. Nassib 2-2 0.5 0 0
J. Meder 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-10 0 1.0
J. Meder 2-2 0.0 0 0
J. Greco 77 G
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Greco 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Louis 80 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
R. Louis 1-0 0.0 0 1
J. Schobert 53 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-5 0 0.0
J. Schobert 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Alexander 54 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-4 0 0.0
D. Alexander 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Parkey 3 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
8/11 8/8
C. Parkey 1/1 28 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Colquitt 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 41.8 4
SEASON NO AVG IN20
34 46.7 8
B. Colquitt 5 41.8 4 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Howard 41 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 18.0 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 15.9 21 0
T. Howard 1 18.0 18 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Johnson 29 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 3.0 3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 7.8 18 0
D. Johnson 1 3.0 3 0
Bengals
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
A. Dalton 14 QB
24
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.9% 308 2 0 128.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.5% 2065 8 2 100.7
A. Dalton 19/28 308 2 0 24
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Hill 32 RB
24
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 168 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
84 439 4
J. Hill 9 168 1 74 24
G. Bernard 25 RB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 80 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
66 247 1
G. Bernard 17 80 1 17 14
R. Burkhead 33 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 23 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 39 0
R. Burkhead 4 23 0 11 3
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Green 18 WR
22
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 8 169 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 50 775 3
A. Green 8 8 169 1 48 22
B. LaFell 11 WR
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 83 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 372 4
B. LaFell 5 4 83 1 44 14
J. Hill 32 RB
24
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 24 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 64 0
J. Hill 2 2 24 0 13 24
R. Burkhead 33 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 10 0
R. Burkhead 1 1 10 0 10 3
T. Eifert 85 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 9 0
T. Eifert 2 1 9 0 9 0
G. Bernard 25 RB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 30 263 1
G. Bernard 2 1 7 0 7 14
T. Kroft 81 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 9 86 0
T. Kroft 1 1 3 0 3 0
T. Boyd 83 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 20 245 0
T. Boyd 3 1 3 0 3 0
J. Wright 86 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 28 0
J. Wright 2 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
K. Dansby 56 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-20 0 0.0
K. Dansby 9-2 0.0 0 0
G. Iloka 43 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-8 0 0.0
G. Iloka 8-2 0.0 0 0
V. Burfict 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-9 0 1.0
V. Burfict 5-3 0.0 0 0
D. Kirkpatrick 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-2 1 0.0
D. Kirkpatrick 4-0 0.0 0 0
M. Johnson 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-6 0 1.5
M. Johnson 3-0 0.0 0 0
S. Williams 36 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 1 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-15 1 1.0
S. Williams 3-2 1.0 1 0
D. Peko 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-9 0 0.0
D. Peko 1-1 0.0 0 0
A. Jones 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-8 1 0.0
A. Jones 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Maualuga 58 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-7 0 0.0
R. Maualuga 1-1 0.0 0 0
P. Sims 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-11 0 1.0
P. Sims 1-1 0.0 0 0
V. Rey 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-13 1 0.0
V. Rey 1-0 0.0 1 0
D. Smith 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
D. Smith 1-0 0.0 0 0
W. Clarke 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 3.0
W. Clarke 1-1 0.0 0 0
C. Dunlap 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-9 0 5.0
C. Dunlap 1-2 1.0 0 0
R. Burkhead 33 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
R. Burkhead 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Dennard 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-4 0 0.0
D. Dennard 0-1 0.0 0 0
J. Wright 86 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-5 0 0.0
J. Wright 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Nugent 2 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/3 4/4
SEASON FG XP
14/18 14/14
M. Nugent 1/3 36 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
K. Huber 10 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 44.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
32 44.2 10
K. Huber 2 44.5 0 48
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Jones 24 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 23.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 19.8 23 0
A. Jones 1 23.0 23 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Erickson 12 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 1.5 3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 5.7 15 0
A. Erickson 2 1.5 3 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:14 CLE 26 3:39 6 19 Punt
3:42 CLE 30 5:16 10 60 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:59 CLE 30 5:39 9 70 TD
4:09 CLE 25 3:06 6 32 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CLE 25 4:17 8 75 TD
9:47 CLE 25 2:12 5 14 Punt
4:19 CLE 25 1:00 3 2 INT
3:19 CLE 27 3:32 6 10 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:12 CLE 35 1:02 3 1 Punt
3:57 CLE 20 2:05 8 59 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CIN 25 2:46 7 75 TD
8:35 CIN 22 4:53 12 56 FG Miss
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:26 CIN 25 1:27 3 0 Punt
6:20 CIN 20 2:11 5 80 TD
1:03 CIN 15 1:03 7 85 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:43 CIN 25 0:56 2 75 TD
7:35 CIN 16 3:16 7 66 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:47 CIN 4 7:35 13 69 FG Miss
6:10 CIN 28 2:13 5 31 Punt
1:52 CIN 20 1:52 3 12 Game