The Cleveland Browns can climb back to .500 with a win against their intrastate rival, the Cincinnati Bengals.
Two weeks ago, the Browns wouldn’t have stood a chance against the Bengals, but adding a passing game, even if it is erratic, can change the odds of any outcome.
Brian Hoyer wasn’t spectacular in the Browns’ win last weekend, but he did something that Brandon Weeden never did as the team’s starting quarterback. He stretched the defense vertically, and that may give the Browns an element of surprise against the Bengals.
Imagine a scenario where the Browns open the game by going deep, and connecting, on a huge touchdown. Now the crowd is into the game, and the Bengals are thinking such a thing was a fluke. Then, it happens again.
Brian Hoyer understands something vital that many young quarterbacks don’t realize. Even an incomplete pass deep loosens the defense, if only a little bit at a time. Sure, you have to actually complete some of those deep passes to...