Game Balls: Browns 35, Bengals 20

Damarious Randall backs up talk, hands interception to Hue Jackson

Daryl Ruiter
November 25, 2018 - 7:25 pm

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Cincinnati, OH (92.3 The Fan) – Hue Jackson got a game ball Sunday.

It came courtesy of Browns safety Damarious Randall, who gets the first game ball from us following the 35-20 victory at Paul Brown Stadium.

“I never gave him one when he was with the Browns so I just thought he needed one,” Randall said.

Randall backed up his own talk on Friday about beating the Bengals' ass with receiver A.J. Green on the sideline by intercepting Andy Dalton in the second quarter and promptly handing the ball to Jackson, who was right in front of him after he got to the sideline. Jackson, a good sport, took the ball and patted Randall on the helmet.

The Bengals’ special assistant to head coach Marvin Lewis, fired by the Browns on Oct. 29 along with offensive coordinator Todd Haley, was on the familiar end of the scoreboard Sunday afternoon – a loss.

Here’s who else gets our game balls from Sunday’s Bengals beating.

Baker Mayfield – Mayfield, who became the first Browns player to total at least seven touchdown passes and zero interceptions in consecutive NFL games, threw a Browns rookie record four touchdowns Sunday to four different teammates – Antonio Callaway (13 yards), David Njoku (6 yards – with a little help from the offensive line), Nick Chubb (14 yards) and Darren Fells (6 yards). Mayfield is the first Browns quarterback since Derek Anderson (2007) to throw for at least three touchdowns in consecutive games and he is the first Brown to pass for four touchdowns in a game since Brady Quinn on Nov. 22, 2009 at Detroit.     

Nick Chubb – Chubb combined for 128 yards from scrimmage – 44 receiving and 88 rushing – and became the first player in franchise history to record a rushing and receiving touchdown in consecutive games. Chubb capped the opening drive of the game with his one-yard TD run and made the catch of the day when he caught Mayfield’s pass behind the head of Bengals safety Brandon Wilson, for a 14-yard touchdown and a 28-0 lead.  

David Njoku – The second-year tight end caught all five of his targets for 63 yards, including a six-yard touchdown thanks to some assistance from the offensive line. Njoku tried to dive to the end zone from the 3 but was stopped before Joel Bitonio and the other lineman pushed him over the goal line. A grateful Njoku gave the ball to Bitonio to spike.

Myles Garrett – Garrett blocked his first field goal in the first quarter that ended the Bengals’ first possession of the game – it was a 54-yard kick attempt – and he recorded his team-leading 10th sack of the season. After the game, Garrett lamented the missed sacks more than he wanted to celebrate the one he got.