BOSTON (CBS) – Andy Baskin from our sister station in Cleveland called the Toucher and Rich show Wednesday morning to preview this Sunday’s matchup between the Cleveland Browns and the New England Patriots.
Quite frankly, Baskin is not looking forward to it.
The 2013 Browns defense is solid with the emergence of cornerback Joe Haden, the offseason addition of Paul Kruger and the drafting of linebacker Barkevious Mingo, but injuries at the quarterback position have left the Browns hapless once again.
Brian Hoyer is out for the season, and Brandon Weeden and Jason Campbell are both questionable for Sunday’s game with concussions. Career backup Caleb Hanie or trick-shot quarterback Alex Tanney could be the ones behind center come this weekend.
The lone bright spot on their offense is wide receiver Josh Gordon, who became the first player in NFL history with consecutive 200+ yard receiving games.
Andy Baskin is looking forward to the individual battle of Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib against their stud receiver.
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“There’s total optimism in Cleveland at the quarterback position,” said a sarcastic Baskin. “We’re in big trouble [on Sunday], there’s nothing going on.”
“Josh Gordon has had two great weeks in a row. There’s one reason I want to watch this game, and the only reason is to see what Josh Gordon can do up against Aqib Talib. That’s it. That is it.”
“I want to see what Gordon can do against a guy who’s very legit in the defensive backfield. He’s the best thing that’s happened to the Browns this year.”
At 4-8 and last in the AFC North, Basking is far from optimistic for this game on Sunday.
For the full Cleveland perspective, listen to the interview below: