The Cleveland Browns nearly put together its first complete game of the season yesterday in a 23 to 20 defeat at the hands of division rival Cincinnati Bengals. The Browns got off to a quick start offensively, scoring a touchdown during its first possession of the game. The early points, something the Browns have struggled to get all year, found quarterback Colt McCoy connecting with wideout Jordan Norwood on a 24-yard touchdown pass. Norwood would end the day with 69 yards on four receptions, while McCoy finished the day going 16 out of 34 for 151 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. McCoy connected with seven different receivers, including rookie Greg Little for a three-yard touchdown. Little finished the day with five catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. Perhaps the biggest surprise on the day was the play of running back Peyton Hillis, as he suited up for only the fifth time this season as a result of a hamstring injury. Unfortunately his first day back on the job wasn’t exactly impressive, as he ran the ball 19 times for 65 yards. Equally as unfortunate, he lead all Cleveland rushers as Chris Ogbonnaya only carried three times for 16 yards. McCoy also added 20 rushing yards. Once again, Phil Dawson uncharacteristically failed to connect, missing a 31-yard field goal attempt, his third miss in as many games. He finished the day going two for three with a long of 54 yards. Receiver/kick returner Josh Cribbs summed it up best after the game as he frustratedly told reports that if this is the best the team could do it was unacceptable and that he didn’t want to come back to Cleveland fans after such a loss. While the Browns defense came into the game ranked just outside the top five in the league, its play came up just short. On the day they gave up 270 yards passing and another 132 yards rushing, as Bengal Cedric Benson lead his team with 106 running yards on 21 carries. Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton continued his impressive rookie campaign, completing 21 out of 31 passes, one for a touchdown. If the Browns can take one positive away from this game it is the development they showed on the field Sunday. Despite an alarming high number of dropped passes, Cleveland’s young wide receiver corp showed good route running skills and flashes of potential. Going into next year, the Browns have some young wideouts who have shown the ability to get over on some of the best defenses in the league. If Cleveland can figure out the running game the team has the chance to really impress with a dynamic offense. As the season begins to wind down, the best the Browns can do is play spoiler to opponents hoping to make the playoffs. With Both Pittsburgh and the Bengals fighting for a wild card spot, the Browns can really shape the playoff picture. Going forward, it is hard to say what the Browns will do to improve this team. A lot of questions remain on who will lead this offensive next year as McCoy’s progress has been slow and Hillis’ return is questionable.