Jeremy Hill may have picked the wrong time to criticize the Cleveland Browns.
The Cincinnati Bengals running back and his team were just blown out 24-3 by the Browns in a primetime matchup Thursday night. When a reporter asked Hill after the game whether the Browns — who are now a surprising 6-3 — are better than he thought they would be, Hill gave a surprising answer.
“Oh no, not at all. They’re probably worse than I thought, to be honest with you,” Hill said.
But Jeremy Hill wasn’t done there. He had more to say about the performance, which apparently didn’t impress him too much.
“They didn’t do anything special to me,” Hill continued. “I mean, respect to them, they won the game. But that’s all I’ll give them.”
Historically, what the Browns did is actually very special. The team held the Bengals to less than 200 yards of total offense and held Hill to just 55 yards on 12 carriers. Days before, he had rushed for 154 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
What the Browns did to Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was even more impressive. Dalton went 10 for 33 for 86 yards and three interceptions against both an aggressive Browns defense and some difficult, windy conditions.
Dalton ended with a quarterback rating of 1.957, the worst of any quarterback since 1983, and the fourth worst of the Super Bowl era.
But still, a frustrated Jeremy Hill blamed the loss on a short week and mistakes by the Bengals.
“Those guys, they’re not that good,” he said. “It was on us [Thursday]. We gave them the game, in my opinion. They didn’t do anything special. We just gave them the game. They just sat back with coverage the whole day.”
Jeremy Hill will get another chance to show that the Browns aren’t any good in few weeks. The two teams meet again on December 14 in a game that could have playoff implications.
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