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Battle of the Pits Ohio- Cincinnati beats Cleveland 14-0

The 2008 NFL season has to have Ohio residents longing for the days when Brian Sipe and Ken Anderson duked it out. From AP-

On a bone-chilling Sunday, a season of high hopes hit new depths for the Cleveland Browns.

“Worst season I’ve ever played in,” running back Jamal Lewis said.

Cedric Benson rushed for a career-high 171 yards on 38 carries and cornerback Leon Hall returned one of his three interceptions 50 yards for a touchdown as the Cincinnati Bengals got their first road win this season, 14-0 over the hapless Browns.

After losing their first eight games, the Bengals (3-11-1) have won two straight for the first time since closing 2007 with back-to-back victories. It was their first road win since beating Miami in the ’07 finale, and the shutout was Cincinnati’s first since blanking the Browns 30-0 on Nov. 26, 2006.

The Bengals now lead the series 36-35.

The Cleveland Browns who have lost two quarterbacks already this year, Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson, may have lost another.

To make matters worse, the Browns lost another quarterback. Ken Dorsey, who is only playing because of season-ending injuries to Derek Anderson and Quinn, suffered a mild concussion and injured ribs in the fourth quarter. Dorsey was replaced by recently signed QB Bruce Gradkowski, who may have to start the season finale.

Maybe the Browns can lure Sipe, Mike Phipps, or Bernie Kosar out of retirement. Not that Dorsey was not good either. The first pass he threw today was intercepted and run back for a touchdown.

It is believed Brown coach Romeo Crennel will be fired at year end. Will Marvin Lewis survive this off season also? This will mark the second consecutive losing season for Cincinnati.

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