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Ryan Mallett eyes Bengals with eye on topping debut

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Browns defensive lineman Desmond Bryant wasn't impressed with Ryan Mallett's NFL debut, but the Texans quarterback did more than enough to drop Cleveland out of first place in the AFC North in Sunday's 23-7 romp.

With a chance to repeat the trick against the division-leading Bengals this weekend, Mallett assured reporters that he's -- drumroll, please -- on to Cincinnati.

"To me, last week's over and it's a whole new week," Mallett said, per the Houston Chronicle. "It's back to the grind and getting ready to go. ... What we have to do is build on what we established last week as a team."

Mallett burned the Browns with a no-huddle attack that tired out a defense unable to get much pressure on the signal-caller. That lack of an edge rush was triggered by an average time per pass attempt from Mallett of 2.06 seconds, by far the NFL's lowest in Week 11, per Pro Football Focus.

The site points out that when the ball was out of Mallett's hand in under 2.5 seconds, his passer rating soared to 123.1 compared to just 31.3 when he held the ball longer.

His rapid release and plus arm strength give Houston a vertical game they lacked with Ryan Fitzpatrick, but Mallett knows the Bengals -- armed with game tape -- will zero in on the raw aspects of his development.

"This game is very humbling," Mallett said. "Once you think you've arrived, you figure out different. So my thought process is be the best I can every day at whatever it is."

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