The Cleveland Browns showed up their division foes, the Cincinnati Bengals on the national spotlight of Thursday Night Football, demolishing them 24-3.
The Browns and Steelers—both 6-3—are now tied for the lead in the AFC North. This marks the Browns’ best start to a season since 1994.
With Cleveland surrounded by the talks about LeBron coming back and the Browns drafting Heisman Trophy winner, Johnny Manziel, their hottest asset has been overshadowed: starting quarterback Brian Hoyer.
According to ESPN, Hoyer’s record over the last two seasons as the Browns’ starting QB is 9-3, while all other Browns’ QBs are 1-12.
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Hoyer quietly led the Browns to end a very long streak. They had lost 17 straight divisional games on the road. Hoyer completed 15-23 for 198 yards with no TDs and no INTs.
Bengals starting QB, Andy Dalton had not only one of his worst career games, but one of the worst games in NFL history. The former TCU QB completed 10 of 33 passes for only 86 yards, with no TDs and three INT’s, resulting in a QB rating of 2.0—only the fifth time that a QB has had a rating of 2.0 or lower since 1960.
The Browns’ next victims will be the 4-5 Houston Texans, who visit the Browns Nov. 16. The Browns then have two road games against the 2-6 Atlanta Falcons and the 5-3 Buffalo Bills.