Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/14/12

Trent Richardson already was eager to improve on his first game as a pro and now Bengals linebacker Ray Maualuga has given the rookie from Alabama extra motivation.

Richardson rushed for 39 yards on 19 carries and caught one pass for five yards in a 17-16 loss to the Eagles. Richardson missed all four preseason games recovering from Aug. 9 knee surgery.

"He can run you over and you can miss a tackle," Maualuga told CBSSportsline. "At the same time, from what we've seen he didn't do anything spectacular. From running screens, missing passes, trying to find a hole when he's running the ball. He just didn't do anything spectacular from what I've seen."

Richardson grinned Thursday when told what Maualuga said. He did not insult the Bengals defense, which gave up 44 points in a 31-point loss to the Ravens on Monday night.

"I just laughed at it," Richardson said. "I'm going to let my game speak on Sunday. Stuff like that doesn't bother me, but it sparked something in me. I'll be ready to play, but that's all you'll get out of me."

The Bengals have dominated the Browns in Cincinnati recently. The Browns' only victory in Paul Brown Stadium since 2004 was in 2008 when they won, 20-12. The Bengals have won six of the last seven games with the Browns overall.

"We haven't beaten a lot of teams the last few years," Browns left Joe Thomas said. "If we're ever going to be the playoff team we want to be, we have to win in the AFC North."

The Browns are 6-24 in the AFC North over the last five years.

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