Sunday The Browns offense was like night and day compared to week 1. Week 1 Cleveland had 210 total yards of offense in a horrific showcase of the young offense, and week 2 had 439 total yards Weeden bounced back greatly from his 5.1 QB rating by throwing for 322 YDS with 2 TD’s and a QB rating of 114.9 while throwing no picks. Weeden looked really good this week he didn’t have the deer in the headlights look and looked a lot more comfortable in his second outing. He stayed in the pocket and kept his poise as the pass rush came, you can tell he has a good chemistry with Mohammed Massquoi the past two weeks he’s targeted him the most out of all the Browns wideouts they just seem to be on the same page. I also liked that Weeden tossed it to Richardson on check downs it kept the defense honest and opened up some shots downfield, speaking of Richardson he played great as well after his disappointing week 1. I figured he would bounce back this week he didn’t have as much time with the offensive line this past training camp so I think it was just him getting on the same page. He found the holes the line created for him and he pushed the line often you saw the powerful back we drafted and how complete he really was by catching the ball for 36 yards and a great receiving touchdown. Lets not get our hopes up here though The Bengals defense isn’t one of the best defenses in the league so I’d like to see it against teams like Baltimore,Pittsburgh, Denver, or San Diego just to name some of the better defenses on the Browns schedule. Weeden not making any mistakes and Trent’s performance is a building block and hopefully through the season we see even more progression out of this young offense. I expect to see Josh Gordon improve if he gets the playing time he has the tools height, weight, and hands just needs to work on his route running. The team is 0-2 currently but we saw progression this week and I believe they will struggle some this year but its all a part of the growing pains of this young team but if Weeden and Richardson play like they did in week 2 the future is bright in Cleveland.
The college football season started off with a bang this weekend, here’s some of the top plays from this weekend.
(#9)South Carolina 17 Vanderbilt 13
South Carolina disappointed me a bit in this game the passing game was awful but Marcus Lattimore lead the charge with 110 YDS 2 TD’s on a 4.8 AVG and Connor Shaw added 92 YDS on a 6.6 AVG. Vanderbilt put up a good fight and shocked some people.
(#2)USC 49 Hawaii 10
Matt Barkley started off his Heisman campaign off the right way by posting 23/38 with 372 YDS 9.8 AVG and 4 TD’s 0 INT’s. This really wasn’t a game Hawaii didn’t score until the Third quarter by the time that happened it was 35-7 and game was way out of reach. Marqise Lee had 10 receptions for 197 YDS and 1 TD. Another noteable stat Silas Redd who transferred to USC from Penn State had 9 carries for 56 yards and 1 TD, I’d look for some big numbers in the upcoming weeks for Silas Redd he fits perfectly into USC’s system and will flourish in USC.
(#14)Ohio Sate 56 Miami(OH) 10
The Urban Meyer era seems to be a success… so far its only Miami of Ohio but they dominated the way they should. Last year Luke Fickell struggled through every team including the weaker teams, so it was a pleasant thing to see. Braxton Miller fits Urbans spread offense perfectly he was 14/24 with 207 YDS 2 TD also he rushed for 161 YDS. The offense started off very slow the first couple series but after driving down the field and a insane Devin Smith TD catch got things going for the Ohio State offense. The only thing for Braxton’s game that needs work is his deep ball accuracy and his accuracy in general but those are things that can be fixed with practice, we have to remember that he’s a sophmore. I think by the time he’s a Junior and hopefully he stays for his Senior year he can be a scary dual threat quarterback.
(#1)Alabama 41 (#18)Michigan 14
Perhaps the most hyped up game of the week was Bama vs. Michigan and it was a disappointment. Denard Robinson needed to have a huge game instead he posted 11/26 200 YDS and 1 TD 2 INT with 10 rushes for 27 YDS his accuracy was a cause of concern. In my opinion I think Michigan was overrated from the get go I don’t think they should’ve been #8 but that’s just my opinion. (That may be a bit biased because I am a Ohio State fan.) T.J. Yeldon had some big shoes to fill with Trent Richardson leaving, T.J. had 11 carries for 111 yds and a TD.
Noteable Scores: Florida State #6 69 Murray State 3 I have Florida State as my pick to win the national championship and #18 Okalahoma State 84 Savannah Tigers 0
Here’s this weeks College Football rankings:
#6 Florida State
#9 South Carolina
#10 West Virginia
#11 Michigan State
#14 Ohio State
#15 Virginia Tech
#18 Oklahoma State
#21 Kansas State
#22 Notre Dame