In his first week back from a two game suspension, Josh Gordon caught ten passes for 146 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 22 yards on an end around play and gave the Browns’ offense a big spark.
Tight end Jordan Cameron caught three touchdown passes on the day, two from Brian Hoyer and one from Spencer Lanning on a fake field goal play. His final touchdown catch capped an eleven play, 55 yard drive to take the lead with less than a minute to play.
The Browns jumped out to a 24-17 halftime lead, their third straight lead after two quarters on the season. Like the previous two games, they gave that lead up in the third quarter. Unlike the games against Miami and Baltimore, they were able to come back from a second half deficit.
Brian Hoyer started the game and completed 30 of 54 pass attempts (!) for 321 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.
The running game was non-existent for the Browns after the trade of Trent Richardson mid-week. The longest rush of the day was from Josh Aubrey, who took a direct snap while the up-back in the punt formation and ran 34 yards for a first down. Willis McGahee ran 8 times for 9 yards. Bobby Rainey had four rushes for 17 yards.
The defense entered the game as one of the top units against the run, and facing the most dangerous back in the game performed well. Adrian Peterson had 25 carries for 88 yards. That 3.5 yard per carry average is well below his career average of 5 yards per rush.
The defense also recorded six sacks, an interception and two fumble recoveries. Christian Ponder had 228 yards passing, and 46 yards rushing with a pair of scores.
Rookie Barkevious Mingo recorded a sack for the second consecutive game replacing Quentin Groves, who will be out a few weeks. Desmond Bryant sacked Ponder on the last play of the game to extend his sack streak to seven games. Sheard, Hughes, Winn and Taylor all recorded sacks as well. Jabaal Sheard hurt his knee during the game and did not return. T.J. Ward intercepted a tipped pass in the first half.
The big difference for the Browns was the success rate on third and fourth down. The Browns were 6-15 on third down conversions and 2-3 on fourth downs. They had 23 first downs in the game, much better than the 13 in their previous game against the Ravens.
The win victory was the first in Rob Chudzinski’s NFL career as a head coach. After the game, D’Qwell Jackson presented him with the game ball.