CINCINNATI -- Derek Anderson’s one good moment was enough to save the Browns’ season. Maybe his job too.
With reserve Brady Quinn ready to take over at any time, the embattled Anderson did just enough -- and it wasn’t much -- to rally Cleveland to a 20-12 victory over a winless Cincinnati Bengals team missing its starting quarterback.
Anderson threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards that put the Browns (1-3) ahead to stay in the fourth quarter, his best play on a day that had few of them. Even that came with an asterisk: A Bengals penalty wiped out a potential interception on the drive.
Playing with a sore right forearm that was tightly wrapped, Anderson went 15 for 24 for 138 yards with a touchdown and an interception, keeping Quinn on the sideline.
Carson Palmer rested a sore passing elbow and missed a game for the first time since 2004 for the Bengals, who are 0-4 for the first time since 2002.
Quoteworthy: “I decided to give him another chance.” -- Romeo Crennel, Browns coach, on quarterback Derek Anderson