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Bengals vs. Browns: Cleveland completes second half comeback for first victory in 2012

Looking for their first victory in 2012, the Browns scored 27 points in the second half en route to a 34-24 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

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Browns moving up in weekly rankings

The Cleveland Browns are rising in the weekly power rankings after picking up their first win of the season on Sunday.

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Josh Gordon nominated for Rookie of the Week

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been nominated for the NFL Rookie of the Week for his performance in the Browns 34-24 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Scott Fujita could be finished for season

A potentially significant neck injury has the Cleveland Browns worried that veteran linebacker Scott Fujita's career is over.

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Browns WR Josh Gordon Shaking Off the Rust

Many were shocked when the Cleveland Browns used such a high draft choice on wide receiver Josh Gordon in this year's supplemental draft, but he's proving the doubters were wrong, and the believers were right.

Browns GM Tom Heckert made a really bold move, giving up one of his team's premiere draft choices for a guy who was kicked off of his college team just two years ago, and then spending an entire year out of football all together.

So what does Gordon bring to the table? Well, if you saw the game yesterday, you know that the 6'3" 225 pound rookie is a big kid, but he's also extremely fast for his size and is a matchup nightmare if he's put in the right place offensively. Working the outside, he's still a little raw. When he is working the slot, he's almost uncoverable for linebackers and safeties.

In the last two games, Gordon has caught just five passes, but three of them have gone for huge touchdowns. His 71 yard touchdown reception in Sunday's win against the Bengals was the follow up performance to a game against the Giants where he had touchdown receptions of 62 and 20 yards in a loss.

Maybe even most impressively, Gordon was able to make this happen without Travis Benjamin or Mohammed Massaquoi on the field for the Browns, giving the opposing defense less options to focus in on. It's hard to tell if he can continue this type of success, but the good things for the Browns is that the major part of their offense that has been successful for them this year is the big play, and Gordon is a huge part of those plans.

Even after a year out of football, it looks like Josh Gordon is slowly starting to 'get it' and he could be a huge pickup for the Browns for the present as well as the future.

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Richardson limited with rib injury

Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson was limited during the Browns' 34-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals after suffering a rib injury on the opening drive.

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Gordon's TD, Sheldon's pick-6 highlight Browns win

The Browns picked up their first win of the season on Sunday, utilizing a number of big-play highlights to pull off the 34-24 victory.

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Trent Richardson injures ribs in victory

According to the Cleveland Browns, the rib injury Trent Richardson sustained against the Cincinnati Bengals will require more evaluation.

Reported by Jason LaCanfora, the Browns will hope it's nothing more than a bruise as they look to build some momentum following their first win of the season. Richardson accounts for over 75 percent of Cleveland's team rushing yards, and if they lost him for any period of time it would be a huge blow to their offense.

In a backup role, Montario Hardesty was serviceable, finishing with 56 yards and a touchdown, but he is not a long term option. The Browns are trying to take as much pressure off their rookie QB as possible, by supporting Brandon Weeden with a strong North-South running game to branch their offense from. It's important to note that Richardson is also one of Cleveland's leading receivers, so his absence will be felt in numerous ways, provided he's unable to play.

This story originally appeared on SBNation.com.

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Cleveland wins first game this season, 34-24

The Cleveland Browns beat the Cincinnati Bengals 34-24 in a battle of interstate rivals Sunday afternoon for their first victory of the 2012 season. Cleveland trailed for much of the game, but came through with enough big plays in the second half to win the game by two scores.

The Browns' defense struggled to limit quarterback Andy Dalton and the Bengals' passing game in the first half, but the team did a nice job of adjusting early in the second half to get back into the game. Cincinnati mustered just 10 points in the final 30 minutes of Sunday's game, although Dalton was building momentum late before a huge turnover.

With just under three minutes left, Dalton had the Bengals' offense in the red zone with a chance to cut Cleveland's lead to 3 points, but a big hit from behind caused him to lose the ball. The Browns managed to pick it up and run it into Cincinnati territory, essentially putting the game out of reach.

With the defense doing just enough to keep Dalton in check during the second half, the Browns just needed to come through with some big scoring plays to put the game away. Between a 60-yard punt return by Joshua Cribbs, a pick-six by Sheldon Brown and a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown drives by the offense, Cleveland got more than enough to hold off a good Bengals team at home.

The victory ends a franchise-record 11-game losing streak for Cleveland that began in the middle of last season.

Fantasy studs/duds: Weeden had a quality game for the Browns, completing 17-of-29 passes for 231 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He did a strong job of spreading the ball around, with Josh Gordon's three catches for 99 yards leading the way for Cleveland.

The game's leading rusher, Cincinnati's Benjarvus Green-Ellis, had just 62 yards on 16 carries. The combination of Dalton (381 passing yards, three TDs, three INTs) and A.J. Green (seven catches, 135 yards, two TDs) was prolific as usual.

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Odds: The Bengals were favored by 3 points, so they didn't cover.

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Injury info: Bengals running back Brian Leonard left the game with a rib injury and Browns running back Trent Richardson was forced to sit out occasionally while dealing with a flank injury.

Next up: The Browns go for their second victory of the season on the road against the Indianapolis Colts next week. The Bengals are hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday night.

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Browns vs. Bengals inactives

The Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals are set to lock horns on Sunday afternoon in a NFC North showdown. Here are the inactives for both sides.

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D'Qwell Jackson probable on Friday injury report

The Cleveland Browns released their Week 6 injury report on Friday, and linebacker D'Qwell Jackson (concussion) is among the players listed as probable, and DT Ahtyba Rubin (calf) is listed as questionable.

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3rd string QB Lewis cut to make room for Haden

Cleveland Browns third-string quarterback Thaddeus Lewis was cut in order to create roster space for star cornerback Joe Haden, who is returning from a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

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Browns, Shurmur in must-win situation vs. Bengals?

After two weeks on the road, the Browns return home to play the Bengals for the second time in five weeks. At 0-5, Ryan Alton calls it an absolute must-win week.

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