At the beginning of the week, not many football fans were giving the Cleveland Browns much of a chance against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3 considering they were playing without Brandon Weeden (thumb) on top of the team’s decision to trade Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts. For a team with 16 total points over their first two games, the Browns were supposed to lose in Week 3 on the road against the Vikings and one of the league’s best running backs in Adrian Peterson, but that didn’t turn out to be the case.
Instead, Cleveland pulled off one of the biggest surprise wins in Week 3 and may need to consider a permanent move at quarterback thanks to Brian Hoyer.
The former Michigan State star made his second career NFL start on Sunday and led the Browns to a 31-27 win over the Vikings after completing 30 of 54 passes for 321 yards to go along with three touchdowns–two of which were caught by tight end Jordan Cameron. Even though he finished the game with three interceptions, the fact that Hoyer was able to display the type of numbers that he did shows he may be the better option at quarterback and as crazy as it sounds–it wouldn’t be a surprise if his performance put Weeden’s future with the team in jeopardy.
Weeden was already on the hot seat heading into his second season with the team and despite an impressive preseason–Weeden has looked like anything but a pro quarterback so far this season. It may only be September, but if a quarterback like Hoyer can come in and lead the Browns to an unexpected win on the road like they did in Week 3 and put up 31 points in the process–it almost seems like a no brainer for Cleveland at this point.
This team already indicated they would be looking for a franchise quarterback in next year’s draft after the Richardson trade–so the Browns should do themselves a favor. Part ways with Weeden–who has received plenty of opportunities to prove himself as an effective starter–and focus on Hoyer for at least the remainder of the 2013 season.
Who cares if it was just one game–that game was all it too for Hoyer to prove he’s the better option at quarterback than Weeden.