Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) – Cedric Benson rushed for 150 yards and one touchdown, as the Cincinnati Bengals snapped a franchise-long 10 game losing streak after edging the Cleveland Browns, 19-17, at Paul Brown Stadium.
Carson Palmer threw for 209 yards on 14-of-23 completions for Cincinnati (3-11), which hadn’t won since a 20-7 decision at Carolina on September 26. Clint Stitser kicked four field goals and Andre Caldwell caught four passes for 89 yards in the victory.
Colt McCoy completed 19-of-25 throws for 243 yards with two touchdowns for the Browns (5-9), who have dropped four of their last six contests. Brian Robiskie and Robert Royal each caught TD passes in defeat.
Trailing 19-10 late in the fourth quarter, McCoy hit Robiskie with a 46-yard touchdown to draw Cleveland within two with 2:13 remaining.
However, Cincinnati recovered the ensuing on-side kick and behind Benson and three kneel downs by Palmer, the Bengals were able to run out the clock hold on for the win.
Cleveland went 75 yards on six plays on its opening drive and grabbed a 7-0 lead when Royal made a diving catch on a 20-yard scoring pass from McCoy.
Benson’s 18-yard touchdown run around left tackle early in the second quarter finished off a 10-play, 91-yard drive that tied things at 7-7. Palmer was a perfect 5-for-5 passing during the set.
Stitser’s 25-yard field goal with 4:19 left in the half capped a lengthy 13- play drive that put Cincinnati ahead 10-7. An array of short passes by Palmer and hard running by Benson got the Bengals down to the Cleveland seven-yard line.
However, on 3rd-and-5 Jermaine Gresham was whistled for offensive pass interference in the end zone and the hosts had to settle for three. It remained a 10-7 game at the intermission.
Stitser split the uprights from 39 yards away on the Bengals’ first offensive possession of the second half, then after getting the ball back, Cincinnati tacked on another three.
Starting at the Cincinnati 47, eight straight runs from Benson moved the ball to the Cleveland 16, but the drive stalled and Stitser booted a 34-yarder for a 16-3 game with 3:33 left in the third. Phil Dawson answered with a 23-yard chip shot early in the fourth for Cleveland to make it a one-possession game.
The Bengals got the three back on Stitser’s 20-yard make to restore the nine- point lead with 9:58 remaining.
The Bengals improved to 39-36 edge in their all-time series with the Browns… Benjamin Watson caught seven passes for 92 yards, while Robiskie had five grabs for 82 yards…Peyton Hillis rushed for 59 yards on 14 carries for Cleveland.