Don’t look now, but the Cleveland Browns are the first team to three wins in the AFC North following their 37-24 defeat of the Buffalo Bills Thursday night.
Quarterback Brandon Weeden relived injured starter Brian Hoyer in the first quarter and threw for 197 yards and one touchdown to lead the Browns to their first 3-2 start since 2001.
Hoyer, who took over as the Browns starter in week three, suffered a knee injury when he was hit by Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso while attempting to slide after scrambling out of the pocket. The Browns fear Hoyer tore ligaments in the knee and he will undergo an MRI to further assess the damage.
The Browns now have ten days to prepare to play the Detroit Lions a week from Sunday, but their win Thursday night assures that they will be at worst tied for the lead atop the AFC North following this weekend’s action.
The Pittsburgh Steelers (0-4) are on a bye this week while the Baltimore Ravens (2-2) will play the Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) will play the New England Patriots.