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Brandon Weeden leads Browns to third straight victory

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The Cleveland Browns have won three straight games since they “gave up on the season.”

With backup quarterback Brandon Weeden taking over for an injured Brian Hoyer, the Browns earned their third straight win with a 37-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night. For the time being, the Browns hold a half game lead over the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals for first place in the AFC North.

Weeden completed 13 of 24 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown in relief of Hoyer and T.J. Ward sealed the win for the Browns with an interception of Bills’ backup Jeff Tuel returned for a touchdown in the closing minutes.

The Browns lost Hoyer in the first quarter to a knee injury that head coach Rob Chudzinski fears includes torn knee ligaments. Bills starter EJ Manuel went down midway through the third quarter. Both injuries happened on scrambles by the quarterbacks.

Hoyer had his legs bend awkwardly underneath him while being tackled by Bills’ linebacker Kiko Alonso. Manuel had spun away from pressure from the Browns defense and run for 14 yards and a first down on a 3rd and 8 play. Manuel didn’t slide and was hit by Tashaun Gipson on his way out-of-bounds directly on his right knee. Tuel managed to finish off the Bills drive as Fred Jackson scored on a 1-yard touchdown to give the Bills a 24-17 lead. It would be the last points of the night for Buffalo.

Weeden connected with Josh Gordon for a 37-yard touchdown to even the game at 24-all late in the third quarter. Billy Cundiff converted a pair of field goals to give Cleveland a 30-24 lead. The Bills had a chance to drive for the winning touchdown but Ward intercepted Tuel on a pass for Robert Woods to add to the lead and cement the victory for the Browns.

Neither player was able to return to the game.

Manuel was 11 of 20 for 129 yards before leaving the game. Tuel finished 8 of 20 for 80 yards and an interception.

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53 Responses to “Brandon Weeden leads Browns to third straight victory”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 3, 2013 11:47 PM

    Pathetic effort by the Bills.

    With 37 seconds left and the clock running the neglect to use their last TO only to snap the ball with 13 seconds left. How can you save more than 24 seconds when their is only 13 ticks left?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

  2. natijim235 says: Oct 3, 2013 11:50 PM

    if both qb injuries happened on scrambles i guess the bengals don’t have to worry about dalton getting hurt

  3. icemamba says: Oct 3, 2013 11:52 PM

    Weeden came along for the ride, he didn’t lead anyone anywhere. Travis Benjamin returning a punt for a TD and a TJ Ward pick 6 is the reason the Browns win.

  4. trbowman says: Oct 3, 2013 11:52 PM

    Jeff Tuel > Blaine Gabbert

  5. codenamez says: Oct 3, 2013 11:54 PM

    As a Browns fan I am very confused over all this. We’re throwing the season, we’re finding our QB, we’re losing our QB but still winning. Just tell me what to feel already!

  6. elmustardo says: Oct 3, 2013 11:57 PM

    Well, I was gonna say “Good for those Browns fans that were afraid of the team giving up after the Richardson trade, getting some good wins!”

    But lets be honest here, this team isn’t going anywhere and these “token” wins will keep them from selecting a truly talented QB.

    Not that the Browns would have drafted said player if given the opportunity.

    Sorry Browns fans!

  7. coltzfan166 says: Oct 3, 2013 11:57 PM

    Man the Browns haven’t had a 3 game win streak since…

  8. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 3, 2013 11:59 PM

    Interesting that the Vikings lost to three teams that have each won three games. Just sayin’.

  9. coonsqualler says: Oct 4, 2013 12:01 AM

    This team will not go quietly!!

    Here we go Brownies, Here we go!!

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies!!

  10. volsunghawk says: Oct 4, 2013 12:01 AM

    They weren’t “giving up on the season.” They were just giving up on Trent Richardson.

  11. billsfan1 says: Oct 4, 2013 12:06 AM

    Nice to add to Kiko’s resume…

    “TheLegendof Kiko”

  12. staffordsyear says: Oct 4, 2013 12:13 AM

    Congrats browns fans on a nice winning streak.

  13. noburghfan says: Oct 4, 2013 12:17 AM

    Weeden sucks no doubt abought it !!

  14. thelastpieceofcheese says: Oct 4, 2013 12:17 AM

    Is the little guy with the red shirt at the Bills sideline their team doctor?

  15. shaggeez says: Oct 4, 2013 12:17 AM

    Perhaps the Eugene Monroe trade will also give the Jaguars a much-needed shot of adrenaline……
    ………………………
    ……………………..
    ………………………

  16. thepowerofchriscompelsyou says: Oct 4, 2013 12:19 AM

    Relax, Browns will lose next 4 straight. (Lions, Pack, KC, Ravens) and will end up 7-9. Still a good season for them, but not a playoff team, imo.

  17. mayfieldroadboy says: Oct 4, 2013 12:20 AM

    I’m ecstatic the Browns won. And I’m grateful for Weeden’s performance. However, he looks slow and plodding and cannot read the defenses or find his receivers in an NFL second or two; therefore the sacks.

    I fear he will lose games because of INTs and fumbles while being sacked.

    Thank heaven for Horton’s defense and those special teams.

  18. bstras2809 says: Oct 4, 2013 12:29 AM

    I’m happy for the Browns and I’m hopeful that Hoyer is just out a few weeks, nothing more. If BWeeds is QBing the team, we’re back in a world of hurt…!

  19. earpaniac says: Oct 4, 2013 12:33 AM

    Apparently the losing was all Richardson’s fault.

  20. thecrimdon says: Oct 4, 2013 12:34 AM

    America’s Team.

  21. orivar says: Oct 4, 2013 12:42 AM

    I’m jumping off a bridge.

  22. jayniner says: Oct 4, 2013 12:55 AM

    …and FIRST PLACE…..first place…..

    Think about that…

  23. dws123 says: Oct 4, 2013 12:56 AM

    While I’m not ready to start thinking playoffs this year, I can’t express enough how excited I am to see this team on the most positive upswing since 1999. For once they look like an NFL-caliber team and the future is even brighter.

    The Browns are proving they’re no longer a team to be taken lightly (Adrian Peterson would probably agree). They can beat anyone in the AFCN and are on the fast-track to being able to compete with some of the more elite teams in the league over the next several seasons. Go Browns!

  24. 4512dawg4512 says: Oct 4, 2013 1:23 AM

    Aaannnddd I’ll say this for the last time… Weeden is the guy to go with! He is the starter, he’s the better QB, Hoyer is a great back up, Browns please stick with Weeden… I dont want to go 5-11 again

  25. ambitoos says: Oct 4, 2013 1:38 AM

    Cleveland Rocks.

  26. hbdbrowns33 says: Oct 4, 2013 1:44 AM

    False. Travis Benjamin and the Defense lead the Browns to victory. Weeden is a joke of a quarterback and if Hoyer has to miss time the Browns will be on the phone with Josh Freeman. I don’t know how much better that is but literally almost anyone is better than Weeden at this point.

  27. burnpittsburgh says: Oct 4, 2013 1:50 AM

    Weeden is not an NFL QB. Praying for Hoyer to be ok.

  28. viachicago22 says: Oct 4, 2013 2:13 AM

    Josh Freeman must’ve been loving what he saw.

  29. northpackalacky says: Oct 4, 2013 3:33 AM

    Doopy Pantz to the rescue!

  30. drunkadamschefter says: Oct 4, 2013 3:48 AM

    Gotta hope that Hoyer is alright. It’s night and day the difference between he and Weed-Man. Weed-Man was awful, completing just over 50% of his passes and looking indecisive as ever. The Browns certainly won in spite of him. He got bailed out by great play from the defense and special teams tonight. I fear that won’t be enough to take down Detroit next week.

  31. brownsbacker1979 says: Oct 4, 2013 3:59 AM

    With minimal mistakes by Weeden, our Defense will keep us in almost any game. Get well soon, Brian.

  32. afcdomination says: Oct 4, 2013 4:08 AM

    why does NFL N sit down with Weeden and ask him what his thoughts are when he hears that the browns may have traded Richardson to use a draft pick on a QB?

    they make a HUGE deal out of a guy having 193 yards and 1 TD against the bills, even after the game on NFL N before they start to advertise for their next matchup on Thursday night.

  33. joetoronto says: Oct 4, 2013 4:39 AM

    It’s awesome to see the browns finally doing well again, just awesome.

    Hats off to the greatest fans in the NFL bar none, God knows you deserve it.

  34. steelersnowand4ever says: Oct 4, 2013 6:00 AM

    It’s a Bizarro World! Cleveland on top?????

  35. clevelandschronic2 says: Oct 4, 2013 6:11 AM

    Weeden didnt lead this team to a victory. The defense and special teams(Benjamin) did. He looked bad and he again held onto the ball way to long, he did make a couple of nice throws but hes still not consistent enough. The whole team just plays better and seem to be more energized when hoyer is playing but that defense is no joke.

    Where is all the Cleveland haters now that we’re in 1st. We’ll see how the season goes but its great to be a Browns fan now. Jim brown honored, browns stadium rocking and of course a Browns win.

  36. wearethesteelers says: Oct 4, 2013 6:26 AM

    LOL

  37. browns627 says: Oct 4, 2013 7:00 AM

    There’s only 1 story today in Cleveland.. Hoyer – ACL, MCL or Sprain?

  38. fishfiletkray says: Oct 4, 2013 7:22 AM

    So much for tanking the season.

  39. audient says: Oct 4, 2013 7:47 AM

    This is a tough Bills team, and the Browns pulled together and got a win. GO BROWNS!

  40. dawgdaysofsummer says: Oct 4, 2013 7:59 AM

    Im estatic that we won but man..You can truly see the difference between Hoyer and Weeden last night. Weeden is:
    - Not as athletic
    - He has Horrible Instincts and pocket presence
    - He is very very late on all his passes
    - He holds on to the ball far too long
    - He nearly got Obie killed last night along with Devone Bess.
    - He stares down his receivers
    - He is constantly throwing behind his receivers
    - He has no “Touch” on his passes
    - He throws too hard alot because of his late throws and late decision making.
    - He takes a sack too often instead of throwing it away.
    - This list can go on and on..
    I have to admit I was sticking up for Weeden saying it wasnt his fault and If he had Gordon he would so better etc etc.
    The main reason our Offensive line is struggling is because they are pass blocking for what seems like eternity for Weeden compared to Hoyer. Why all the sudden did you hear nothing about the O line in the 2 games Hoyer played…Cause he got rid of the ball.
    After that game it is clear to me, and NOW all of Cleveland who the better QB is.

  41. clownsfan says: Oct 4, 2013 8:32 AM

    Win or loss Weeden is garbage. Staring down/overthrows his receivers, poor pocket presence, poor decision making, ineffective in the red zone, o-line looked horrible upon his return because he can’t scramble & holds the ball too long. He’s hard to watch.

  42. johnnyquick says: Oct 4, 2013 10:01 AM

    Is the little guy with the red shirt at the Bills sideline their team doctor?

    No, he is E J Manuel’s personal trainer.

  43. lovefootball4life says: Oct 4, 2013 10:30 AM

    Nice win Browns. You did what the Ravens couldn’t do.

    In the whole story, as a Ravens fan, this line got me:

    “Billy Cundiff converted a pair of field goals to give Cleveland a 30-24 lead. ”

    Billy “wide left” Cundiff….go figure.

  44. weepingjebus says: Oct 4, 2013 10:42 AM

    I want to believe!

  45. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 4, 2013 10:45 AM

    Nice win Browns. Those are games you’ve lost in the past. Your D is for real, hopefully Weeden can play .500 ball until Hoyer’s back, hopefully soon. Can’t wait for you guys to punch the Ravens in the mouth.

  46. kingkornkahn says: Oct 4, 2013 10:49 AM

    I am sick of draft talk 365. It is obviously a disappointing injury, but the Browns are still 3-2 and the games still need to be played. High draft picks haven’t exactly been a recipe for success in the past.

  47. sofisk says: Oct 4, 2013 10:59 AM

    * > Blaine Gabbert

  48. holeinone09 says: Oct 4, 2013 11:03 AM

    Even as a Steeler fan, I have to admit that a very very very VERY small part of me is happy the Browns are finding some success. I remember the great turnpike rivalry from the 70s, and I have friends in the land of Cleves that live and die on the team. It has been a long time for them, and they had to get over the midnight team move to Baltimore.

    Props to them and their fans, enjoy it. Just don’t win against us!

  49. pooflingingmonkey says: Oct 4, 2013 11:09 AM

    I have to admit, the Browns are pulling together a very good football team… at long last.

    Browns fans should be ecstatic. They have a lot of talent and potential on that roster.

  50. keylimelight says: Oct 4, 2013 11:13 AM

    Were the Brown’s fans really booing Brandon Wheedon during the game? Their starter had gone down and Wheedon proved that he is a competent backup QB. The win wasn’t all on him but he kept his team in the game.

  51. oldcracker says: Oct 4, 2013 1:13 PM

    Be serious, Weeden still looks like a deer in headlights.

  52. clevelandschronic2 says: Oct 4, 2013 11:59 PM

    Oct 4, 2013 1:23 AM
    Aaannnddd I’ll say this for the last time… Weeden is the guy to go with! He is the starter, he’s the better QB, Hoyer is a great back up, Browns please stick with Weeden… I dont want to go 5-11 again

    You are mentally Ill,delusional,senile or just plain blind to still have allegiance to this bum/scrub waste of a draft pick and roster spot in weeden. The guy is so terrible as Dawgdaysofsummer said “Weeden is:
    - Not as athletic
    - He has Horrible Instincts and pocket presence
    - He is very very late on all his passes
    - He holds on to the ball far too long
    - He nearly got Obie killed last night along with Devone Bess.
    - He stares down his receivers
    - He is constantly throwing behind his receivers
    - He has no “Touch” on his passes
    - He throws too hard alot because of his late throws and late decision making.
    - He takes a sack too often instead of throwing it away.
    - This list can go on and on..”
    Absolutely every nfl fan can see this browns fan or not the guy blows. Hoyer if not for the injury is the clear starter. I hope we can find someone else for us to start cause we are so fkd with weeden

  53. clevelandschronic2 says: Oct 5, 2013 12:00 AM

    Weeden *****ISNT***** the guy to go with
    Damn you autocorrect on my phone

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