After the Bengals held Kevin Hogan to a 26.4 passer passer rating on his first 24 NFL passes Sunday in a 31-17 win at sold-out Paul Brown Stadium, Browns head coach Hue Jackson now has five guys with at least 24 passes in seven games. Marvin Lewis has five in 14 seasons.
A.J. Green yanking the tipped ball out of a maze of four Browns with one hand and pulling it into his body to give them a 21-10 half-time lead symbolized the 3-4 Bengals pulling within a game of the 4-3 Steelers in first place and into a tie for second with the 3-4 Ravens in the suddenly jammed AFC North.
Old friend Hue Jackson arrived at sold-out Paul Brown Stadium Sunday with his winless Browns and bottomless bag of gadgets, but his former student delivered the final nail in when Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton oversaw a big-play offense that included a 48-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass to A.J. Green and a 74-yard touchdown run by running back Jeremy Hill in a 31-17 victory over Cleveland.
When it comes to Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson, there’s no debate that Sunday’s return (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) to sold-out Paul Brown Stadium marks the return of one of Bengaldom’s more beloved favorite sons. From Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh to Andy Dalton, Jackson fingerprints are all over the best of the Marvin Lewis Era. See how the Bengals.com Media Roundtable votes.