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Browns show some fight after losing Hoyer, take lead over Bills

Travis Benjamin AP

The Browns have defied expectations all season, and they’re continuing to do so on Thursday night against the Bills.

After starting quarterback Brian Hoyer left with a knee injury, Brandon Weeden came in to take his place. And although Weeden’s play wasn’t always pretty as Cleveland fell behind 10-0, the Browns clawed their way back into the game and took a lead late in the second quarter.

With Weeden at quarterback, the Browns had two drives that included some ugly passes but also got the job done: A seven-play drive gained only 19 yards but ended with a Billy Cundiff 30-yard field goal, and a 14-play, 74-yard drive that lasted almost half the second quarter ended with a Willis McGahee one-yard touchdown run.

McGahee, whom the Browns signed after trading away Trent Richardson, looks older and slower than the player we’ve seen in the past with the Bills, Ravens and Broncos. But McGahee did just enough to help Cleveland move the chains.

And then, after Cleveland’s underrated defense forced a Buffalo three-and-out, Cleveland’s Travis Benjamin sprinted, cut, twisted and turned his way on a sensational 79-yard punt return for a touchdown.

That gave the Browns a 17-10 lead. Even without Hoyer, the Browns aren’t going down without a fight.

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9 Responses to “Browns show some fight after losing Hoyer, take lead over Bills”
  1. thecrimdon says: Oct 3, 2013 9:59 PM

    The Browns are the new “America’s team.”

    For so many reasons.

  2. wearethesteelers says: Oct 3, 2013 10:00 PM

    I saw a Browns fan!

  3. urbusted2 says: Oct 3, 2013 10:02 PM

    The factory of madness.

  4. wilddeuce03 says: Oct 3, 2013 10:04 PM

    I hope Hoyer’s injury isn’t serious. I don’t know if he’s the long term answer but he looks soooo much better back there than Weeden!!! Still, great fight by the Browns as a team to get the lead back!

  5. rycoem says: Oct 3, 2013 10:06 PM

    The Bills still just are not a very good football team – though at least they are now competitive on a game-to-game basis. Need another good draft and a couple good FA pickups and – maybe next year!

  6. snaponrules says: Oct 3, 2013 10:17 PM

    What a waste of prime time football. Two bottom dwelling teams for DECADES.
    I am sure all 12 off the out of market fans of these two “franchises” are excited, the rest of millions of fans of real teams are just left with a wasted Thursday.

  7. watchfullhose says: Oct 3, 2013 10:31 PM

    Is there a boa constrictor on the field?

  8. mrlaloosh says: Oct 3, 2013 11:19 PM

    The ultimate indignity would be if this suck Fest goes into overtime.

  9. sportsguy6969 says: Oct 4, 2013 12:35 AM

    As a steelers fan that always talks trash about the browns I have to say go browns! Great win for you guys, hope hoyer comes back if not sign freeman…

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