Browns rally for third straight win

2:27 AM, Oct 4, 2013   |    comments
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Cleveland, OH ( - The wind was taken out of the sails of FirstEnergy Stadium when the homegrown Brian Hoyer exited early on.

Travis Benjamin made sure to put all the energy back in it.

Benjamin returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown among his team-record 179 punt-return yards in Cleveland's 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills, giving the Browns their third straight triumph and best start in 12 years.

The former third-string quarterback and native of suburban Cleveland, Hoyer, who filled in for an injured Brandon Weeden and engineered back-to-back victories, exited early in the first quarter with a knee injury.

Hoyer was hurt while sliding at the end of a scramble. He broke free along the right sideline and picked up a first down, but was hit from behind by Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso and his legs bent awkwardly underneath him.

Weeden missed the previous two tilts with a sprained thumb. Last year's first- round pick entered initially to a chorus of boos and finished 13-of-24 for 197 yards and a touchdown for Cleveland (3-2).

The injury bug bit Buffalo (2-3) as well.

Rookie first-round pick EJ Manuel also left with a knee injury.

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