Cleveland Browns: Grades from loss to Patriots
The Browns really had three quarterbacks on Sunday, but Charlie Whitehurst was the most notable since Kessler went out in the first quarter, and Terrelle Pryor hardly played at the position. Kessler looked about as promising as he has in the last two games during his limited action, completing five out of eight passing attempts for 62 yards and a touchdown pass to Andrew Hawkins.
After the injury and safety which widened the New England lead to 16-7, Whitehurst entered. He finished the afternoon completing 14 of 24 pass attempts for a total of 182 yards. He also threw a touchdown pass, but had an interception as well.
Overall, Whitehurst’s performance was typical of a quarterback of his caliber who has spent little time in the offense. After Kessler’s injury, not much was expected of the infamous backup, and little surprise resulted. Not to excuse some of the poor decisions made by the seasoned quarterback, but Whitehurst truly was not put in a fair situation. It also didn’t help that he was forced to throw on virtually every play in the second half since the Browns got absolutely no production on the ground. In the end though, fair or not, Cleveland quarterbacks did nothing to keep the team in the game and give them a chance to pull off an extremely difficult task.