Brandon Weeden won over some of his critics and got a skeptical town fired up about the season with an impressive preseason debut against the Rams Thursday night.

Weeden did everything he set out to do in the first exhibition game - a 27-19 Browns victory at FirstEnergy Stadium -- and then some.

In two series of work he completed 10 of 13 attempts for 112 yards and a two-yard touchdown pass to Dion Lewis. By the time he gave way to Jason Campbell after the first play of the second quarter he had put 10 points on the board on a field goal and the TD.

The TD pass marked his first in a preseason game after failing to find the end zone last year.

"I thought he did a good job'' said coach Rob Chudzinski at halftime. "He was efficient and led us to some drives. Ultimately doing that is what his job is all about.''

With Weeden's promising performance Travis Benjamin's electrifying 91-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter and a relentless defense that got pressure and forced a fumble it was a smashing first outing for new head coach Rob Chudzinski.

"It was a good start'' said Chudzinski. "The thing we have to keep in perspective is that this is a long journey. We always play to win so that's good but we have a lot of work to do and a long way to go.''

The story of the night was Weeden who's trying to prove to this new regime that he's their man. He spread the ball around to six different receivers and used a nice mix of short intermediate and deep balls. Mostly he was relatively mistake-free and kept the ball out of the Rams' hands.

It was a far cry from his preseason debut last year when he completed 3-of-9 attempts for 62 yards with one lost fumble and an interception in three series.