November 20, 2014

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Browns return from break excited to be in 1st place, focused on staying there for next 7 weeks

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BEREA — The Browns dispersed for the weekend riding high after the emphatic 24-3 win in Cincinnati on Thursday night. They returned to practice Tuesday in sole possession of first place in the AFC North, courtesy of the Jets’ upset of the Steelers on Sunday. “It’s a great accomplishment at this part of the season,” Read More…

Playing in NFL is snap for Browns center Nick McDonald after hardships he’s been through

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Nick McDonald starting at center for the first-place Browns is one of the most improbable stories in the NFL. Not because Pro Bowler Alex Mack had played 5,279 straight snaps before breaking his fibula Oct. 12. Not because the Browns hadn’t been alone in first place this late in the season since 1994. Not because Read More…

Midseason report: Browns all alone in first place for first time since 1994

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The midpoint of the 16-game schedule came after the win over Tampa Bay on Nov. 2, but the short week before the Thursday nighter in Cincinnati didn’t allow for a proper midseason report. The long weekend — the Browns are calling it a mini-bye — provided the perfect opportunity to reflect on a surprising first nine games Read More…

Pettine fine with playoff talk

Scott Petrak The Gazette Mike Pettine isn’t afraid to talk to his players about the playoffs. He’s been doing it since before the season started. “It was our goal at the beginning of the year,” the first-year coach said Friday on a conference call. “We wanted to be a playoff team. Why not us? We Read More…

Browns 24, Bengals 3: Cleveland tied atop division after big win in Cincy

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CINCINNATI — “Bri-an Hoy-er” chants were loud enough to penetrate the glass windows of the press box. Barks from the Cleveland fans still in their seats were audible just outside the joyous locker room. The Browns dominated the Bengals on Thursday night, winning 24-3 on national television. They let the league know they’re for real, Read More…

Brian Dulik: Browns make believers of television audience

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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. (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…

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

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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

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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…