1:00 PM ET, September 28, 2008
Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, OH
CINCINNATI -- Three quarters, three points. Cleveland's offense was having another meltdown day, and Derek Anderson was running out of chances to keep his job.The quarterback's one good moment was enough to save his job -- and the Browns' season, too.With Brady Quinn on the sideline ready to take over at any time Sunday, the embattled Anderson threw a touchdown pass and rallied the Browns to a 20-12 victory over a winless Cincinnati Bengals team missing its starting quarterback.
• Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, making his first start since he was with the Rams in 2005, was 21-35 for 156 yards and three interceptions (44.5 passer rating).• Chad Ocho Cinco had his first touchdown reception of 2008. • Cleveland's Braylon Edwards also caught his first touchdown pass of the season as the Browns picked up their first win of the season, while the Bengals fell to 0-4 for the first time in the Marvin Lewis era.
-- ESPN research
It was Edwards' first touchdown catch of the season. ... The Bengals managed only 211 yards. It was the third consecutive game that the Browns' defense held a team to less than 300 yards. ... RB Jamal Lewis scored Cleveland's first rushing touchdown of the season. He had 36 yards on the opening drive, only 43 the rest of the way. ... Ocho Cinco caught a 4-yard touchdown pass, his first of the season. He didn't celebrate.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.0||3.9|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|FG||09:29||Phil Dawson 25 Yd||3||0|
|FG||10:22||Shayne Graham 42 Yd||3||3|
|FG||00:08||Shayne Graham 45 Yd||3||6|
|TD||13:05||Braylon Edwards 4 Yd Pass From Derek Anderson (Phil Dawson Kick)||10||6|
|TD||11:06||Jamal Lewis 1 Yd Run (Phil Dawson Kick)||17||6|
|TD||07:46||Chad Johnson 4 Yd Pass From Ryan Fitzpatrick (Two-Point Conversion Failed)||17||12|
|FG||00:32||Phil Dawson 29 Yd||20||12|