Cleveland Browns HeadquartersThe Cleveland Browns will give quarterback Brian Hoyer his second straight start this week against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Filling in for an injured Brandon Weeden, Hoyer led the Browns to a 31-27 win on Sunday at Minnesota. Hoyer, who began the season as Cleveland’s third-string quarterback, threw three touchdown passes and three interceptions in his second career start. Hoyer completed 30 of 54 passes for 321 yards and threw a game-winning TD pass with 51 seconds left.

Browns Coach Rob Chudzinski said on Wednesday that Hoyer will play him again because Weeden has not completely recovered from a sprained right thumb. Chudzinski expects Weeden will throw this week and he’ll evaluate the quarterback situation on a ”week to week basis.”

Hoyer’s performance in Minnesota was an upgrade over Weeden overall. Hoyer got rid of the ball more quickly, which helped make his protection look better. Hoyer had more zip on his passes than we expected. He completed a number of “NFL” throws outside the numbers and showed better touch than Weeden.

But he still struggled at times, at one point he had seven straight incompletions, and from the sound of Chudzinski’s comments, he is not ready to anoint Hoyer as the Browns new QB.

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