Hewitt helps keep Bengals atop the AFC North


Rookie Ryan Hewitt from Stanford had the best day of his young career, catching three passes for 34 yards, as Cincinnati stormed past rival Cleveland, 30-0, on Sunday in Week 15 of the National Football League season and stayed atop the AFC North.

The majority of teams still in the playoff hunt with two weeks remaining employ former Cardinal on their rosters.

Andrew Luck and Coby Fleener's Indianapolis Colts have won four straight, Josh Mauro and Stepfan Taylor's Arizona Cardinals are a game up on Seattle's Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin and Erik Lorig's New Orleans Saints could move back to first place with a win on Monday night at Chicago.

Arizona, Indianapolis, Denver (Jeremy Stewart) and New England (Cameron Fleming) already have clinched spots in the postseason.

Luck completed 18 of 34 passes for 187 yards, two touchdowns and one interception and ran eight times for 18 yards in Indianapolis' 17-10 win over Houston. Fleener caught two passes for 32 yards.

Sherman had four tackles in Seattle's 17-7 win over visiting San Francisco with Baldwin catching three passes for 53 yards. Former Stanford teammate Jonathan Martin started at right tackle for the 49ers.

David DeCastro started at right guard for Pittsburgh in a 27-20 win at Atlanta. Levine Toilolo had one reception for four yards for the Falcons.

Defensive back Johnson Bademosi had one special teams tackle for Cleveland in the shutout loss to Cincinnati while tight end Jim Dray also played for the Browns as did Sione Fua, who had a pair of tackles in the loss.

Chris Owusu had one reception for eight yards in the New York Jets' 16-11 win at Tennessee while Will Svitek started at left offensive tackle for Tennessee.

Elsewhere in Week 15:

Trent Murphy had six tackles in Washington's 24-13 loss at the New York Giants; tight end Zach Ertz had three catches for 32 yards in Philadelphia's 38-27 loss to Dallas; Toby Gerhart had 13 carries for 54 yards and two receptions for nine yards in Jacksonville's 20-12 loss at Baltimore; Jeremy Stewart had two carries for 16 yards in Denver's 22-10 win at San Diego; and Stepfan Taylor had 14 carries for 61 yards in Arizona's 12-6 win at St. Louis.

— Stanford Athletics/Palo Alto Online Sports


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