CLEVELAND, OCT. 23 -- The Cleveland Browns lost quarterback Vinny Testaverde but kept their self-respect today, turning consecutive third-quarter Cincinnati punts into touchdowns as they rallied to beat the winless Bengals, 37-13.

The Browns, who at 6-1 are off to their best start since 1963, trailed 13-10 at the half. But Eric Metcalf returned Lee Johnson's punt 73 yards for a touchdown less than two minutes after Travis Hill recovered a blocked punt in the end zone, completing a 17-point third quarter that turned the game around.

The Bengals (0-7) lost for the 15th consecutive time on the road.

Testaverde left the game complaining of headaches and blurred vision early in the third quarter after being hit hard on the Browns' opening possession of the half.

The Bengals' quarterbacks also took a beating in the second half. David Klingler sprained his knee, and backup Don Hollas injured his shoulder. That left third-stringer Jeff Blake to finish the game.

Mark Rypien, the former Super Bowl most valuable player signed by the Browns last spring to back up Testaverde, had little success moving them. But Cleveland's special teams made it a moot point.

First, they recovered Corey Sawyer's fumble on a fair catch. That resulted in Matt Stover's 27-yard field goal, tying the game at 13 in the third period.

Next, Gerald Dixon charged through the line to block Johnson's punt in the end zone, and Hill fell on it for a 20-13 lead with 1:47 left in the quarter.

Finally, on the last play of the period, Metcalf let Johnson's punt skip past him, then chased it down and scampered untouched down the left side for his second punt-return touchdown of the year. The first one also came against the Bengals, who have given up four special teams touchdowns in two losses to Cleveland.

This time, the Bengals gave Metcalf two chances at it. He was stopped quickly the first time Johnson punted from deep in his own territory. But Cincinnati was whistled for having an ineligible man downfield. Metcalf ran back the next try.

"I read an article {Saturday} night that said if I didn't have a punt return against them in the first game, my average would only be 4.4 yards," Metcalf said. "So I was happy to do that."

The Browns added 10 points in the fourth quarter on Stover's 35-yard field goal and Leroy Hoard's one-yard run -- his second touchdown of the game.

Browns rookie cornerback Antonio Langham was strapped to a stretcher and carried off after colliding with teammate Eric Turner with about four minutes to go. Langham had full movement but was taken off cautiously because of pain in his neck.