When the Cleveland Browns‘ offense wants to be good, they can be real good. In yesterday’s 20-17 victory over AFC West opponent Oakland Raiders, the Browns never trailed and put up 475 yards of total offense. But, just who were the stars that stole the show on Sunday?
Despite his poor decision interceptions, Brandon Weeden deserves quite of bit of credit. Weeden took nine quarterback knockdowns and hung strong in the pocket. The rookie quarterback proved today that he has some serious heart. Weeden compiled a 74% completion percentage and 364 yards through the air. As stated, he did throw two picks but also threw a perfect 44 yard seed to Josh Gordon for a touchdown. But, hands down, Weeden showed grit and determination on Cleveland’s game winning possession driving the Browns 94 yards down field to put the nail in the coffin.
How about Gordon? All he did was catch a career high six passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. Gordon had an average of 19 yards a catch. The Browns took a huge chance drafting him as a supplemental pick this past spring. On the year, Gordon has 5 touchdown and 646 yards receiving. This guy didn’t play football for one year. It looks like the Browns have found a number one receiver. How’s that decision looking now?
It is wonderful to see Ben Watson being used again. Watson had six receptions for 80 yards on Sunday. Watson was a huge safety valve for Weeden at the right times. On multiple occasions, the Raiders forgot about Watson and the Browns did their best impression of Tim Misny by “making them pay”.
Trent Richardson ran for tough, but had pedestrian type numbers on Sunday. TRich stayed consistent with his 3.6 yards per carry and gathered 72 yards, a touchdown, and 20 carries. Richardson’s final run for a 4 yard touchdown scamper proved to be the difference. The first round draft pick added another three catches for 23 yards.
At the end of the day, Cleveland gets a win and ends their twelve game road losing streak dating back to last season. It was a hard hitting effort and well deserved victory for the players.
The Browns take their two game win streak home now to host the Kansas City Chiefs, in yet another very winnable game.
Ryan Ruiz – Cleveland Browns Writer
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