After the Cleveland Browns traded away second-year star running back, Trent Richardson, most thought that they were tanking their season. They had an 0-2 record, and giving away their best player and it seem like that they had given up and accepted that they didn't have a chance.
But that was before Brandon Weeden had a thumb injury, which caused fifth-year quarterback Brian Hoyer to become the Browns' starter. Since then, the Browns have won both of their games, including Sunday against the Bengals. Hoyer threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns in the Browns' 17-6 win over Cincinnati.
The Browns have all sorts of momentum right now. Even though Weeden is cleared to play, don't expect him to replace Hoyer, if Cleveland keeps winning.
Worst: Texans blow late game lead, Richard Sherman capitalizes
The Houston Texans were leading the Seattle Seahawks 20-13 with a little under three minutes left in the game. That is when Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman jumped in front of Houston's tight end Owen Daniels to intercept a pass and take it 58 yards for a touchdown. It was a dangerous play and Sherman knew the risks.
"It's a high-risk, high-reward play," Sherman told ESPN. "You have to jump in, and you might get beat over the top for a 20- or 30-yard gain, if he gets the ball down there. But if you make the play, you might get a pick-6 and change the game for your team."
And change the game for his team is exactly what he did. The interception return tied the game, and in overtime, the Seahawks kicked a field-goal to win, 23-20.
The Texans lead the NFL in total defense and it was tough to see the offense give away the game in the end. For defensive end JJ Watt, it was extremely upsetting to see a game like this slip away.
"We were dominating the whole first half ... and the second half we just didn't finish the game," he said. "It's very, very frustrating."
The Texans can't mourn their loss for long, however. They have to prepare for another NFC powerhouse, the San Francisco 49ers, who they play on Sunday.
With the first four weeks of the 2013 NFL season in the past, it is shaping up to continue to be a great year for football. With records being broken every week, and the group of undefeated teams shrinking smaller and smaller, Week 5 has great things in store.
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