RG3 returns as Browns seek 1st win against OH rivals

Robert Griffin III warms up before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at First Energy Stadium
RG3 back in starting lineup for winless Browns

12 December, 2016

Robert Griffin III, who hasn't played since injuring his shoulder in the September 11 season opener at Philadelphia, will start Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals as the winless Browns (0-12) try to avoid becoming the second team in National Football League history to go 0-16.

"When you haven't played in a while, you are a little rusty", Griffin said "We started slow and we just have to find a way start fast and finish strong".

Bengals running back Jeremy Hill added a 1-yard touchdown run and finished with 111 yards on 25 carries for his second 100-yard game of the year.

The Browns are obviously searching for their long-term answer at the quarterback position, which could include Griffin, who has one more year remaining on his contract at the end of the season.

It wasn't the sharpest performance by the Cincinnati Bengals, but that's not a prerequisite for winning when facing the Cleveland Browns.

But, the Browns just weren't good enough actually get back in it.

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Yes, Tyler Eifert was the man with two red zone touchdowns, but the rookie wide receiver's key contributions on all three of the first half scoring drives were huge. While that could be attributed to a bad hold, he also missed a 36-yard field goal later in the game. His first half passer rating was 0.0.

The Bengals scored two touchdowns in the first eight minutes, 33 seconds to take a 13-0 lead after their first two possessions. Danny Vitale dropped a would-be score on first down, but Griffin snuck in a touchdown on the following play, preserving the Browns from further embarrassment.

CLEVELAND - Hue Jackson wasn't shy about going after his first win as Cleveland Browns coach Sunday. Crowell had a 42-yard run and a 30-yard run in the second half.

Griffin has been sidelined since throwing 26 passing attempts in Week One, forcing him to be placed on injured reserve a few days after the injury.

Pryor Shut Down: WR Terrelle Pryor caught just one pass for three yards on three targets. Their second hookup - a 5-yarder on a third-and-goal play in the second quarter - was set up by a George Iloka interception after the Browns tried to run a flea flicker from their own 2 and Griffin III threw into triple coverage. Some had anticipated a potential trap game for Cincinnati, but Marvin Lewis' team got the job done and kept the Browns in the cellar for another week.

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