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Cleveland will rock Week 7
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - It wasn't long ago that Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden put on one of the worst passing displays I have ever seen.

Six weeks later, the rookie may be able to cure your bye-week blues.

In Week 1 Weeden, then a fresh faced 28-year-old, completed just 12 passes on 35 attempts for 118 yards, threw four picks and put the ball on the grass twice against the Eagles in his NFL debut. We really didn't need to look at his lowly 5.1 QB rating to know how poorly he played.

Weeden, now a ripe 29 years old, isn't perfect, but he's been much improved despite the efforts of his stone-handed receivers to seemingly drive him out of the league.

Since that Week 1 abomination, Weeden has completed 59.6 percent of his passes for an average of 280.2 yards per game. In that span, he's posted a 7-to-6 TD/INT ratio and he hasn't fumbled the ball at all.

In Week 7, Weeden will face the Indianapolis Colts, who rank third in the NFL with 200 passing yards allowed but have only picked off two passes, tied for second worst in football.

Perhaps Indianapolis is limiting passing yardage because teams are so busy running the ball down its throat. The Colts have given up 163 rushing yards per contest, fourth worst in the NFL, on 5.0 yards per carry, tied for third worst. Indianapolis has seen 31.8 rushes per game, fifth most in the NFL.

One week ago, the Colts were gashed by Shonn Greene, a running back that defines mediocrity, to the tune of 161 yards and three rushing touchdowns on 32 carries. Indianapolis is going to have to make a concerted effort to stop a much better back this week in Trent Richardson if it wants any chance of winning the game, so Weeden should have plenty of space to work with down field.

One of the reasons he should succeed is because the Browns may finally have a receiver worth getting excited about.

Josh Gordon, who was drafted in the second round of the NFL supplemental draft this year, has picked up the ball after Greg Little (literally) dropped his chance to become Weeden's No. 1 target.

In the past two games, Gordon has caught just five balls, but he's averaged 36.2 yards per reception and caught three TDs. He's been a deep-ball terror, reeling in passes of 71 and 62 yards.

Two of the top fantasy quarterbacks (Matt Ryan and Peyton Manning) are on vacation this week, as are two mid-level starters in Philip Rivers and Michael Vick. Joining them are receivers Roddy White, Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Dwayne Bowe, Brian Hartline, DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Malcom Floyd.

If you own any of those guys, don't hesitate to roll with Weeden and Gordon this week against Indianapolis.




Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Thomas J. Harrigan at tharrigan@sportsnetwork.com.

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