Some of the fans of the Cleveland Browns are actually laughing about the team's chances of coming home with a win from Minnesota. These same fans are probably suffering short-term memory loss. They think because the Cleveland Browns traded Trent Richardson and are starting Brian Hoyer, the team doesn't stand a chance.
They completely forgot how dominant the Browns defense played against the run, in the team's first two games. They held the Dolphins to less than 80 rushing yards and held Ray Rice to less than 50 yards rushing.
The team did nothing offensively when they had opportunities. Trent Richardson was auditioning for dancing with the stars and Browns starting quarterback was throwing interceptions in game one and trying too hard not to screw up in game two to be effective.
Weeden missed wide open receivers and failed to get the team into the end zone when they had a first and goal from the Baltimore 7 yard line last week.
The Browns defense is highly ranked already this season. This defensive unit that Ray Horton has assembled can play with anyone in the NFL, that is more than we can say about Richardson or Weeden.
If the defense can shut down Adrian Peterson the way they shut down the running backs in the first 2 games, the Vikings may not stand a chance. The Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder is almost as worthless as Brandon Weeden has been since coming into the NFL.
If the Browns defense can shut down the Vikings rushing game and pressure Ponder into making mistakes, it will give the Cleveland offense plenty of opportunity to score. The Browns defense is able to keep Cleveland in this game.
People who are laughing now won't be laughing so hard when the clock expires Sunday afternoon, and the Cleveland Browns earn their first win of the 2013 season. The good fans in Cleveland are too emotionally attached to players that have done very little to help this team win.
Richardson may have looked the part, but he couldn't play the part. Weeden is a complete waste of a draft pick and it is a wonder he was able to win any games last season. The Browns defense is going to keep Cleveland in this game Sunday.
Browns starting quarterback Brian Hoyer will take advantage of the situation the defense creates and the Browns will leave Minnesota with their first win of the 2013 NFL season. Who will be laughing then?
I can guarantee you it won't be Brandon Weeden.
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