Quarterback Derek Anderson's one good moment was enough to save the Cleveland Browns' season. Maybe his job, too.
With reserve Brady Quinn ready to take over at any time Sunday, the embattled Anderson did just enough to rally Cleveland to a victory over an 0-4 Bengals team missing its starting quarterback.
Anderson threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards that put the Browns (1-3) ahead to stay in the fourth quarter, his best play on an afternoon that had few of them. Even that moment came with an asterisk: A Bengals penalty wiped out a potential interception on the drive.
Anderson finished 15 of 24 for 138 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
Cincinnati's Carson Palmer rested a sore passing elbow that forced him to miss a game for the first time since 2004.
Cleveland30017-20Cincinnati0606-12 First Quarter
Cle-FG Dawson 25, 9:29.
Cin-FG Graham 42, 10:22.
Cin-FG Graham 45, :08.
Cle-Edwards 4 pass from Anderson (Dawson kick), 13:05.
Cle-Lewis 1 run (Dawson kick), 11:06.
Cin-C.Johnson 4 pass from Fitzpatrick (pass failed), 7:46.
Cle-FG Dawson 29, :32.
CleCinFirst downs1914Total Net Yards261211Rushes-yards40-13416-69Passing127142Punt Returns2-101-9Kickoff Returns3-584-122Interceptions Ret.3-391-12Comp-Att-Int15-24-121-35-3Sacked-Yards Lost1-113-14Punts4-43.04-43.3Fumbles-Lost2-12-2Penalties-Yards9-526-55Time of Possession34:0225:58 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
RUSHING-Cleveland, Lewis 25-79, Harrison 4-20, Wright 5-18, Anderson 4-11, Vickers 1-6, Cribbs 1-0. Cincinnati, Fitzpatrick 4-41, Perry 12-28.
PASSING-Cleveland, Anderson 15-24-1-138. Cincinnati, Fitzpatrick 21-35-3-156.
RECEIVING-Cleveland, Winslow 5-54, Edwards 3-22, Steptoe 2-24, Lewis 2-15, Wright 1-10, Vickers 1-8, Harrison 1-5. Cincinnati, Houshmandzadeh 6-50, Perry 5-15, C.Johnson 3-28, Kelly 3-21, Chatman 2-32, Utecht 2-10.