Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden got off to a solid start tonight against the Eagles, completing a great 28-yard pass to Josh Gordon on the first play of the game and completing his next three passes as he marched the Browns deep into Philadelphia territory. And then the wheels fell off.
Cleveland has made mistake after mistake after mistake in the early going, with their first string falling behind 17-0 against an Eagles team led by Nick Foles, who’s looking like the better rookie quarterback on the field today after getting the start in place of the injured Michael Vick.
The Browns’ mistakes have included two fumbles by Weeden and one by running back Montario Hardesty, plus a blocked punt and four penalties. Weeden is taking more than his fair share of hits behind an offensive line that isn’t doing a good job of protecting him, and Cleveland is looking like a team that’s going to beat itself a lot this year.
The Eagles have looked strong, and Foles is showing a lot of promise. He threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter, and just missed on another potential touchdown pass to Damaris Johnson in the second quarter, as Johnson couldn’t get his second foot down inbounds. Even when Foles threw an interception in the first quarter he showed off impressive arm strength on a ball that traveled about 60 yards in the air.
Foles looks like he has a very good chance of beating out Mike Kafka as the Eagles’ primary backup this season. The Browns look like they have a lot of work to do.