I ripped the Browns and their management earlier this week when they traded Trent Richardson, accusing them of giving up on the season and disrespecting their diehard fans. So it’s only fitting that the Browns somehow figured out a way to score 31 points today and beat the Minnesota Vikings on the road, 31-27.
Let’s not kid ourselves — Minnesota isn’t very good, and the Browns aren’t either. But I am amazed that this Browns team could figure out a way to score 31 points against any NFL team. Of course, they frittered away lots of opportunities and had incredibly ill-timed turnovers, but this was the first time a lot of these guys had ever played together. How in the world did they manage to gain more than 400 yards on offense and win on the road?
This week Browns fans everywhere will be tantalized. Brian Hoyer looked a lot more comfortable in this offense than Brandon Weeden — could Hoyer and his quick release be legitimate? The Browns D held Adrian Peterson below 100 yards, forced a fumble from him, and recorded six sacks. Could the defense actually keep the Browns in games this year?
That’s the maddening thing about the Browns that only charter members of the Browns Backers can fully appreciate. They usually don’t just stink up the joint — they always manage to raise your hopes before crushing them with an embarrassing loss or an impossibly inept play, and you look back on seasons and see countless losses that could have been wins and wonder about what might have been. With today’s win, that process will start all over again. Browns fans everywhere will see their hopes raised — at least until next week.