Weeden's two TDs help Browns halt 11-game skid

CLEVELAND -- Rookie Brandon Weeden threw two touchdown passes, and the Cleveland Browns stopped an 11-game losing streak that dated to last season by beating the Cincinnati Bengals 34-24 on Sunday.

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Cleveland hadn't won since Nov. 20, matching a franchise record for consecutive losses. But, for the first time this season, everything fell into place for the Browns (1-5).

Montario Hardesty, filling in for injured rookie Trent Richardson, scored on a 1-yard plunge, and cornerback Sheldon Brown intercepted an Andy Dalton pass and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as the Browns outscored the Bengals (3-3) in the second half 27-10.

It was the first win in nine tries against an AFC North opponent for second-year Browns coach Pat Shurmur.

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