It didn't take long to realize the sheen from backup quarterback Jeff Tuel's impressive preseason had long worn off. The undrafted rookie was ineffectual, throwing pop-gun passes up for grabs and failing to answer any of the Browns' four scoring drivers from the middle of the third quarter to the end of the game.
Here's what else we learned in Thursday's game:
- Bills second-round linebacker Kiko Alonso just was named Defensive Rookie of the Month on Thursday. He celebrated by turning in the best game of his impressive young career, including a highlight-reel leap that combined the best attributes of Troy Polamalu and Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka. Alonso has rendered my Inside Linebacker Rankings outdated because he belongs at least in the "Pro Bowl potential" category.
- Rookie pass rusher Barkevious Mingo's difference-making speed jumps off the screen, but he remains a work in progress as a run defender. Coach Rob Chudzinski addressed a loss of contain on C.J. Spiller's 54-yard touchdown run and another big gain from Fred Jackson, both of which appeared to be Mingo's responsibility.
- Weeden's rate stats (95.3 passer rating and 8.2 yards per attempt) against the Bills are misleading. Thescoutingreport on the 2012 first-rounder remains the same as it was after his disappointing Week 1 performance: He moves as poorly as a late-career Drew Bledsoe, holds the ball too long, locks onto one receiver, doesn't read the field, throws with only one speed and is erratic with his ball placement. The Browns can't win the division with Weeden as the triggerman in this offense.