Brian Hoyer, Josh Gordon sparking Browns’ offense

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We’re not even yet through a half in Sunday’s Browns-Vkings game, but we can say a couple things with conviction.

For starters, backup quarterback Brian Hoyer is making the most of his chance to start in place of Brandon Weeden.

Hoyer has thrown a pair of first-half touchdown passes for Cleveland, which is playing far-and-away its best offensive game of the season and holds a 17-14 second-quarter lead.

Hoyer, who’s making his second career regular-season start, connected on a 47-yard score with wideout Josh Gordon in the first quarter, then hit tight end Jordan Cameron for a 19-yard TD in the second quarter.

With coach Rob Chudzinski not saying Weeden is assured of his starting job once he returns from a thumb injury, Hoyer’s play adds to the intrigue in Cleveland.

It’s also clear that Gordon’s return after a two-game suspension has added some badly needed playmaking ability to the Browns’ offense.

In his first three touches against the Vikings, Gordon had a 47-yard TD reception, a 30-yard catch and a 22-yard run.