Quarterback Brian Hoyer grew up with great memories of the Browns here on the lakefront and he created another one on Sunday.

Thanks to his own superb performance and an outstanding effort by the defense the Browns defeated the Bengals 17-6 at FirstEnergy Stadium.

The victory Hoyer's second straight in as many as starts moved the 2-2 Browns into a tie with the Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens atop the AFC North. The Ravens 2-1 entering today's action lost to the Buffalo Bills today 23-20.

Hoyer who grew up in North Olmsted and starred at St. Ignatius had Browns season tickets as a kid and grew up idolizing Bernie Kosar. He cried during the last game in the old Stadium but produced nothing but cheers here in a big division victory.

In two short weeks Hoyer has put the Browns back on the map and made them relevant again. He also is the first Browns quarterback to win his first two starts for the team since Mark Rypien did it in 1994.

Before you know it Adrian Peterson's daughter will understand exactly why the Vikings lost to the Browns last week: because the Browns have a defense and a quarterback who can compete in the NFL.

"I think that he did a great job particularly managing some of the things early" Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said. "We were a little too hyped up early on. He stepped up and made some great decisions and throws."

As he did last week though Chudzinski declined to name Hoyer the starter for Thursday night's home game against Buffalo. After last Sunday's win over Minnesota Chudzinski said he and the coaches wanted to take their time and do their full evaluation before naming the starter Hoyer or Brandon Weeden who is trying to come back from a thumb injury.