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NFL Week 14 PFF ReFocused: Cleveland Browns 27, Cincinnati Bengals 19

Nick Chubb turned in a strong performance to lead the Cleveland Browns to a 27-19 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14 of the 2019 NFL season.

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Final Score

Cleveland Browns 27, Cincinnati Bengals 19

Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield‘s rough first half led the Browns to focus on the ground game to close out the second half. While Mayfield had one interception due to some bad luck on an inaccurate and deflected pass, his receivers also lost several contested-catch opportunities in the contest.

Nick Chubb was his normal self, as he forced a number of missed tackles both on the ground and on receptions. His 57-yarder in the second half set up a key touchdown that essentially put the game out of Cincinnati's reach.

Larry Ogunjobi was a problem for Cincinnati’s offensive line in the run game. He consistently defeated blocks and affected the play, making a number of stops for short gains.

Though they did end the day with three sacks, the Garrett-less Browns pass-rush struggled to pressure the passer as much as you’d expect against a struggling offensive line.

Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Mixon was the best player on the field for the Bengals' offense today, picking up a touchdown and 146 yards on the ground, a sizable chunk of which came after contact.

It was an unspectacular return to action for wideout John Ross, who dropped one of his three targets. His longest catch of the day came on a play on which Greedy Williams slipped and fell.

The Bengals' secondary did all it could to keep Cincinnati in the game. Nick Vigil turned a first-half contested catch into an interception, and William Jackson III gave Odell Beckham Jr. fits on a number of contested opportunities.

The Bengals were eventually undone in the second half by several big plays due to over-pursuit and missed tackles. The defining play of the game occurred on a critical third down in the fourth quarter, when Jarvis Landry took a screen pass for 34 yards after defensive back Greg Maybin overpursued twice and Nick Vigil overran his tackle attempt downfield.

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