After five weeks the Browns are sitting above .500 for the first time in more than a decade.
The Cleveland Browns, who are off to their best start in 12 years, improved to 3-2 on the season after a 37-24 win Thursday over the Buffalo Bills.
The Browns won despite losing quarterback Brian Hoyer to a knee injury early in the first quarter of the National Football League contest at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Hoyer was hurt sliding at the end of a run down the sideline. He broke free along the right side of the field and earned a first down but was hit from behind by Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso and his legs bent awkwardly underneath him.
Browns’ Travis Benjamin returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown en route to a team-record 179 punt-return yards, giving Cleveland their third consecutive victory.
Brandon Weeden, who missed the previous two contests with a sprained thumb, replaced Hoyer at quarterback.
Weeden had a total of 197 yards on 13-of-24 pass completions. Weeden, who was last year’s first-round pick, also had a touchdown for Cleveland.
Buffalo, who dropped to 2-3 on the season, lost rookie first-round pick EJ Manuel who left the game with a knee injury.
In games this weekend it is New England at Cincinnati, Detroit at Green Bay, Seattle at Indianapolis, Baltimore at Miami, New Orleans at Chicago, Philadelphia at NY Giants, Kansas City at Tennessee, Jacksonville at St. Louis, Carolina at Arizona, Denver at Dallas, Houston at San Francisco and San Diego at Oakland.