Sep 11, 2023 - Sports

Browns dominate Bengals in Week 1

First down, first win. Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

It wasn't always pretty, but the Browns defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 24-3 Sunday to start the 2023 NFL season with a win.

Why it matters: After a disappointing 7-10 record last season, Cleveland kicked things off by beating an elite AFC North rival.

By the numbers: The defense led the way. Cleveland held Cincinnati to just 142 total yards in rainy weather.

  • The running game took it from there, contributing 206 yards, including a touchdown run by quarterback Deshaun Watson at the end of the first half.

Between the lines: Kicker Dustin Hopkins, whom the Browns acquired from the Los Angeles Chargers two weeks ago to replace Cade York, made all three of his field goal attempts.

Yes, but: Browns All-Pro right tackle Jack Conklin was carted off the field with a knee injury during the second quarter.

What's next: Cleveland heads to Pittsburgh on Sept. 18 to face the Steelers on Monday Night Football.

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