Bengals block consecutive punts against Browns

Patrick Smith

The Bengals are winning a messy game against Cleveland, thanks in large part to back-to-back punt blocks and a defensive touchdown.

The Cincinnati Bengals are leaning heavily on their special teams against the Cleveland Browns, blocking consecutive punts and returning one for a touchdown.

Both blocks came in the second quarter of Sunday's game, with the second being returned for a 24-yard touchdown by safety Tony Dye, who was recently promoted from the practice squad.

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The play was initially reviewed, as it seemed as though Dye might have been touched down, but was eventually upheld.

The play marks the first time the Bengals have returned a blocked punt for a score since 2007. It is the first time the Browns have allowed a punt block touchdown since 1990.

On the possession following the blocked punt, Cincy linebacker Vontaze Burfict scooped and scored on a 13-yard fumble return to cap a 28-point run by the Bengals. Cincinnati struggled early, falling behind 13-0, but has been lifted to a 28-13 lead by its special teams and defense.

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