CINCINNATI – Andy Dalton plopped down in the chair and didn't even wait for the first question.
"A little different from last year, huh?" he said, his eyes widening.
Different in every way — not only for the Bengals quarterback, but for his still unbeaten team, too.
Dalton connected with tight end Tyler Eifert for three scores and played the role of blocker on Mohamed Sanu's reverse for a touchdown, setting up Cincinnati's 31-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.
The Bengals improved to 8-0 for the first time in franchise history, their longest winning streak within a season.
"It seems like every week it's a first-time-ever," receiver Marvin Jones said. "It's all good. We've got to be 9-0 next and keep it moving."
Coming off an emotional 16-10 victory in Pittsburgh on Sunday that gave them control of the AFC North, the Bengals dominated the Browns (2-7) and Johnny Manziel in the second half.
Manziel had some of his best moments in the opening half, which ended with Cincinnati up only 14-10. In the second half, the Browns managed only 32 yards and two first downs.
"I'm pretty upset," said Manziel, who finished 15-for-33 for 168 yards and was sacked three times, all in the fourth quarter. "We had momentum coming into the second half. We just didn't do enough."