Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Brian Hoyer recorded two touchdown heaves and Jordan Cameron caught 10 passes for 91 yards as the Cleveland Browns defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 17-6, Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Hoyer, in his second straight start in place of Brandon Weeden, completed 25 of 38 passes for 269 yards without an interception as the Browns (2-2) stormed to a second straight victory.
“I think that’s the biggest key. It’s a divisional game,” said Hoyer, who became the first Browns quarterback to win his first two starts since Mark Rypien in 1994. “Division wins are hard to come by. You’ve got to come out here and fight to the end.”
Willis McGahee rushed for 46 from 15 carries, Josh Gordon tallied 71 yards on four catches while rusher Chris Ogbonnaya caught Hoyer’s other touchdown pass.
Andy Dalton hit 23 of 42 passes for 206 yards with an interception for the Bengals, who dropped to 2-2 after ending a two-game winning streak.
Hoyer engineered a 12-play, 95-yard drive that he capped with a two-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Cameron for a 7-0 lead.
In the second, Dalton sparked a 13-play, 19-yard drive that Mike Nugent ended with a 25-yard field goal to bring the Bengals within 7-3.
The Browns had several chances to add to their lead before the halftime break but Billy Cundiff missed two field goals from 37 and 49 yards.
In the third, Cundiff atoned for his mistakes with a 51-yard field goal for a 10-3 lead but Nugent responded with a 43-yard boot to make it a four-point game heading into the fourth.
Hoyer then provided the insurance with a short touchdown pass to Ogbonnaya after a 12-play, 91-yard drive that took 6:37 off the clock.