Normal service resumed yesterday as, after a bye week, the Cleveland Browns were yet again involved in a nail biting game of football.
The Browns, lead by Brian Hoyer came back from 25 points down in the first half to complete the biggest ever road comeback win in the history of the NFL, beating the Tennessee Titans 29-28.
In all of their games this season the margin of victory has been three points or less. In theory, the Browns could easily be 4-0...But they could also just as easily be 0-4. I think four games in, fans will be happy with their 2-2 record.
Brian Hoyer has been excellent so far this season. In a city where all the fans wanted was to see Jonny Football, theres no question that Hoyer has fully justified his starting berth.
He's a clear leader in the locker room with commands the respect of his peers. The fans have definitely warmed to the hometown kid and his antics after yesterdays comeback win will only gain him more popularity.
Defensive lineman Phil Taylor posted a video to his instgram account following the win that showed Hoyer leading his ecstatic teammates in a dressing room dance:
Hoyer comfortably number one
Hoyer's brilliance was acknowledged by much of the US press with ESPN's Pat McManamon again awarding Hoyer his 'Game Ball':
"It's getting repetitive, giving it to him every week, but when Hoyer throws the winning touchdown with 1:09 left, passes for 292 yards and has three touchdowns, it's hard not to keep recognizing him. The Browns dominated the second half and won despite getting no points on two golden chances. Hoyer calmly completed three passes on the winning drive -- set up by Ken Whisenhunt's nearly inexplicable decision to go for the first down from the Tennessee 42 with 3:09 left."
It's fair to say that Hoyer has put end to the QB drama that surrounded Cleveland prior to the season and his running back, Ben Tate is very happy with what he's seeing:
“Poise, he stays poised,” Ben Tate said of Hoyer, per Ohio.com. “He’s focused, relentless. He doesn’t give up.”
Cleveland's next four games are home to the Steelers, away at the Jaguars, and then back to back home games against Oakland and Tampa Bay. I don't want to make any rash predictions but come week 10, I wouldn't be surprised to see Brian Hoyer and co travel to Cincinnati with a 6-2 record.