COMMENTARY | Three starting quarterbacks in half of a season and 20 starting QBs since 1999.
The cycle continues for the Cleveland Browns, who will trot out veteran journeyman Jason Campbell this coming Sunday when Cleveland is at the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. To say that these are two teams going in two different directions at the moment would be quite the understatement. KC looks to be a contender, while the Browns are merely trying to remain above water before the saving grace that is the Bye week arrives.
Browns at Chiefs preview: Different QB, same result?
Cleveland head coach Rob Chudzinski had little choice but to go to the previously mentioned Campbell over the now benched Brandon Weeden. Weeden, who played pretty well in relieving the injured Brian Hoyer when the Browns were hosting the Buffalo Bills in Week 5, was somewhere between not good enough and awful in Cleveland's last six quarters of play. He seemed to take several steps in the wrong direction regarding his indecisiveness and release time, losing the starting gig for the second time this year in the process.
The concern as Sunday approaches is that Campbell is not known for having the quickest of releases while in the pocket. Kansas City is responsible for the top pass rush in the league this fall. The Chiefs have 35 total sacks, ten more than their closest competitor (Baltimore Ravens). Campbell may have to be Captain Checkdown for four quarters to give his offense any shot of moving down the field.
Browns at Chiefs preview: Final game?
The trade rumors regarding Cleveland wide receiver Josh Gordon continue to swirl about. Gordon was lackluster in the team's loss at the Green Bay Packers last week, reeling in two of six targets for 21 yards. There were portions of that game during which Gordon seemed disinterested, and some fans and even analysts have questioned his dedication to the cause on the contest's pivotal fourth down play that occurred in the final quarter.
Assume, for a second, that Gordon does want to be traded to a potential playoff team such as the New York Jets or New England Patriots. This Sunday brings with it a final audition to potential suitors. How Gordon plays could make the difference between the Browns getting a second or even first round pick for the talented WR, and Cleveland either keeping Gordon or accepting a third round pick for the 22-year old.
Browns at Chiefs preview: Prediction
There's no point in anybody dancing around the obvious. This is a terrible match-up on paper for the Browns, who are losers of two straight, don't have a real starting QB, and could be four quarters away from trading their most talented offensive play-maker. Granted, the KC run defense has shown signs of vulnerability.
Too bad Cleveland doesn't have a run game of which to speak.
The Browns have a solid defense, one that some were quick to throw under the bus after its offense betrayed it in Green Bay last weekend. I can envision Cleveland hanging around, but that's about as optimistic as I can get.
Chiefs win 20-10
Zac has been following Cleveland sports since a little before his birth, and thus his heart breaks a little more with every year. He has been covering the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants and the NFL for Yahoo Sports since 2010
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