Browns win big with Hoyer at home
James W. Wade III | 10/1/2013, 10:41 a.m.
The Cleveland Browns made a statement by beating the Cincinatti Bengals 17 to 6 at First Energy Stadium Sunday. Most due in part from the Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer, who has won 2 games since starting for the Browns.
Hoyer completed 25 of 38 passes for 269 yards with two touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 103.9 rating. He completed his fist nine passes of the game for 85 yards and one touchdown. Can you believe Hoyer is the first quarterback to win his first two starts in a Browns uniform?
Many are still saying, “Weeden who?” Hoyer seems to move the team in the right direction and is coming out a winner, teaming up with his all-star tight end, Jordan Cameron, who recorded a career-high 10 receptions for 91 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown.
Cameron has a team-high five receiving touchdowns this season, Cameron is the first Browns tight end with at least five touchdowns in a season since Kellen Winslow had five in 2007. The only Browns tight end with more than five receiving touchdowns in a season is Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome, who accomplished the feat three times (six in 1981 and 1983 and nine in 1979). Cameron also joins Winslow (five times), Newsome (four times) and Benjamin Watson (once) as the only Browns tight ends to catch 10 or more passes in a game.
The Browns limited Cincinnati to 63 rushing yards on 20 attempts (3.2 average). Cleveland’s defense had not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season and has limited opponents to an average of 79.0 yards per game and an average of 2.9 yards per carry. The Browns are the only team in the league to have not given up a rush of 15 yards or longer this season.
Coach Rob Chudzinski said after the game, “We were pleased. Obviously, a hard fought game and a real team win for us. I’m really proud of our guys and how they fought and continued to battle. They believe in each other and it showed today through all three phases: offense, defense, special teams and playing four quarters. We were able to make plays that counted and were different for the game toward the end."
"Especially, it felt real good about how we’re able to sustain drives, it was something that we had talked about, something to do, and do a better job on offense. I thought (offensive coordinator) Norv (Turner) had a great game plan and called a great game there. It was a physical football game. The kind of game expected in this division. I think the running game is improving and continues to improve. So I was pleased with that. I think our protection is improving as well. Third downs on offense and defense were also good. Our defense has really stepped up in critical times when they were right in the red zone. The first half field position was pretty lopsided.
"We were able to stop Cincinnati on a few drives when they were down in there close. We were also getting some longer drives as I mentioned before with the offense. We have to continue to get better at some of the efficiency things and some of the timeouts that we needed and had to use. Some were communication issues, others were personnel issues. We’ll get those things cleaned up. But again, overall, I’m really pleased with our guys," said coach Rob Chudzinski.
Browns will play the Buffalo Bills Thursday, October 3, at First Energy Stadium. And the question was answered by the coach about Hoyer starting: "I’m still going to go through the same process. We’ll go in and evaluate the tape tomorrow and start getting ready for Buffalo and we’ll know," said coach Chudzinski.