CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cleveland Browns took full advantage of Andy Dalton’s miserable night Thursday, dominating the Cincinnati Bengals 24-3 in an AFC North showdown that was shockingly one-sided from the outset.

Cleveland (6-3) improved its best start since 1994 and moved into a first-place tie with Pittsburgh in the NFL’s toughest division.

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The Browns also ended one of their most enduring streaks of futility. They won a division game on the road for the first time since 2008, ending a streak of 17 consecutive losses. And they did it with a showing that suggested they’re finally for real.

Not the Bengals (5-3-1), who once again came apart in the national spotlight. Cincinnati is 18-41 in prime-time games.

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The Browns roughed up Dalton, who was 10 of 33 for 86 yards with three interceptions and two sacks. Cleveland controlled the game by rushing for 170 yards.


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