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The flip side of Rodgers' performance at Lambeau was the showing by Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden.
AFC North Lead Writer Andrea Hangst writes that it's fitting the game was close to Halloween.
Weeden was terrifyingly bad:
Weeden, who had a passer rating of 1.7 for the first quarter of the Week 7 loss, completed 17 of his 42 passing attempts for 149 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He ended the day with a passer rating of 48.6.
Weeden has had even worse days in the past—three games with fewer yards, three games with a lower passer rating. They have contributed to his career completion percentage of 56.2 and his 19 touchdowns to 23 interceptions.
Since taking over for Brian Hoyer in Week 5—a game Cleveland mercifully won—the Browns are on a two-game skid. Though wins and losses are both a team effort, it's hard to not look at Weeden's struggles as a major contributor to the downturn. And it's possible the Browns may not get many more wins with Weeden under center.
Could it be time to turn to veteran backup Jason Campbell soon?
Head coach Rob Chudzinski said after the Green Bay loss that at no point in the game did he think about pulling Weeden for Campbell, but he was noncommittal about the future, via Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, saying he'll "evaluate the situation moving forward." Though not a complete indictment of Weeden, it's certainly not a vote of confidence, either.
Weeden hasn’t had a ton of help, with his receivers dropping passes and the Browns' inability to run the ball putting more responsibility on his shoulders. However, Weeden has had many opportunities to make plays and has simply failed to do his job.
The expected progress from the 30-year-old in his second season—especially in a Norv Turner-crafted offense better suited to his talents—just hasn’t happened. Though Weeden was the Browns' best option when Hoyer fell injured, it now looks like Campbell should get a shot.
While it's common knowledge that Weeden's days in Cleveland are numbered—the Browns have two first-round draft picks in 2014 and a vast amount of confidence in Hoyer, who will be back in time for next season—the bell may toll for him well before Week 17. The Browns, at 3-4, have had their strongest start in many years, and Weeden hasn’t done much to preserve it.
For the sake of Cleveland's season, Weeden may need to hold the clipboard going forward.