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A win streak out of the blue

matt examiningsports

I doubt there is another franchise in professional sports that is as unpredictable as the Cleveland Browns.

Just when nearly everyone (including myself) was ready to write off the Browns’ season after they traded running back Trent Richardson in mid-September, the Browns have gone out and reeled off three straight victories.

After Thursday night’s win over Buffalo, the suddenly surging Browns have a half-game lead atop the AFC North Division.

I never imagined that trading away perhaps the team’s best player would spark a squad that looked listless and overmatched in its first two games.  

Backup Brian Hoyer, who was called on to start when Brandon Weeden was injured, did a great Joe Montana impersonation the last three weeks until he was injured early in last night’s game. The magic continued despite Hoyer’s exit as the much-maligned Weeden came in and powered the Browns to a 37-24 victory over the Bills.

I don’t know exactly what is going on in Cleveland right now, but Browns fans certainly hope the resurgence lasts long enough to end a 10-year playoff drought.

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