Browns earn first win for new coach
James W. Wade III | 9/24/2013, 3:16 p.m.
After a surprising trade of running back Trent Richardson, the Cleveland Browns came out a winner over the Minnesota Vikings 31 to 27, giving Browns Head Coach Rob Chudzinski his first win as an NFL head coach.
Along with the trade, the Browns also lost their starting quarterback, Brandon Weeden. Making his Browns debut and second career start, QB Brian Hoyer completed 30 out of 54 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns. All of those figures represent career highs. He joins Jeff Garcia (2004) as the only Browns’ quarterbacks since 1999 to win their debut start for the team. Hoyer’s 321 passing yards are the second-most (Kelly Holcomb 326 in 2002) by a Browns quarterback since 1999 in his debut start.
Hoyer, a local favorite, stepped in and orchestrated a victory for his team, throwing three touchdowns; something that had not been done since 2009 when Brady Quinn did it. “I thought it was a gutsy performance. He had some turnovers in the second half, a couple of throws I know he would like to have back. But that didn’t faze him. When we needed to rise up to the occasion on the last drive, he was able to do that and make the plays ultimately that helped us win the game,” said Browns coach Chudzinski.
After missing the first two games, Wide Reciever Josh Gordon came back and recorded career highs in receptions (10) and yards (146), and added a 47-yard touchdown. This marked his second career 100-yard receiving game. Hopefully having him back will prove to the Cleveland front office he needs to be here, not traded elsewhere.
Monday, the Browns stated there was no truth to the rumors of a trade that would include Greg Little and Josh Gordon. With Gordon and Browns Tight End Cameron, there can be something said about these two catching more touchdowns.
Cameron tied a Browns single-game record with three receiving touchdowns. It is the 11th time a Browns player accomplished the feat and the first since Braylon Edwards against Miami on Oct. 14, 2007. Cameron joins Steve Heiden as the only two Browns tight ends to record three receiving touchdowns in a game.
Cameron leads the team this season with 269 receiving yards, which already surpasses his previous career single-season best of 226, set in 2012. Cameron’s four receiving touchdowns and 20 receptions are the most by a Browns tight end in the first three games of a season, and his receiving yardage is the second-highest.
Now, besides hearing “Wait until next year,” another familiar saying may be, “Cleveland has a quarterback issue” again. Now some may not be convinced Hoyer is the real deal, and far more do not have faith in Weeden, either. The Browns have not said much about this issue at press time, so we will be looking forward to hearing what they have to say.
Ohio will have its state battle this week, facing the Cincinatti Bengals in Cleveland, Sunday, September 29, at 1 p.m. The Bengals who are 2 and 1 after just beating the Green Bay Packers may be in trouble if Hoyer gets the start.