8:25 PM ET, October 3, 2013
FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
Brian Hoyer is still the starting quarterback for the Cleveland Browns which has of course always been a dream of his.
Tonight Hoyes is likely to become the first signal-caller to win his first three NFL starts for the Browns at home versus the banged-up but resilient Buffalo Bills.
The Browns (2-2) haven’t posted a winning record through five games since it was 3-2 in 2001, but Hoyer has Cleveland ready for it. After spending his first three seasons backing up Tom Brady and then throwing 53 passes for the Arizona Cardinals in 2012, the former Cleveland high school star has keyed the Browns’ two-week run of success.
Winless through two games and days after trading 2012 third overall selection Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2014 first-round pick, Hoyer got the nod over veteran Jason Campbell to replace injured starter Brandon Weeden versus the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3.
In his second career start, the 27 year-old overcame three interceptions by throwing for 321 yards and three touchdowns, including a 7-yarder to Jordan Cameron with 51 seconds left for a 31-27 win.
In his home debut Sunday, Hoyer went 25 of 38 for 269 yards with two TDs and no picks in a 17-6 win versus the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Browns’ 2.9 yards allowed per run is the best in the NFL, however the Bills (2-2) are second in the NFL with 152.0 rushing yards a contest and is averaging 4.1 per carry.
YouWager experts believe both Buffalo backs C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson will play even while dealing with injuries suffered in a 23-20 victory against the Baltimore Ravens last week.
Spiller, who was nursing a knee injury prior to that contest, hurt his ankle while rushing 23 times for 77 yards versus Baltimore.
Jackson overcame a sprained knee ligament to record 87 yards and a TD on 16 rushes also against the Ravens.
Bills receiver Stevie Johnson is dealing with a hamstring injury and the secondary could again be without injured starters Jairus Byrd and Leodis McKelvin.