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Thursday, October 25, 2012
Browns doing better at protecting Weeden

By Jamison Hensley

Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden got a rough initiation when he was sacked eight times in his first three games. Cleveland, though, has done a better job at protecting Weeden recently.

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The Browns have not allowed a sack in two of their last three games, which has led to increased production from Weeden. He has six touchdowns and three interceptions in those three games with a passer rating of 91.2. His six touchdowns this month are tied for third-most in the league.

Over the last four contests, the team has allowed just three sacks. Only four teams have given up fewer during that span.

For the season, here's how the sacks break down along the offensive line: left tackle Joe Thomas (two sacks allowed), left guard Jason Pinkston/John Greco (one), center Alex Mack (none), right guard Shaun Lauvao (1.5) and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz (2.5).

Here's how the teams in the division stands in sacks allowed this sesaon:

Ravens: 18 (tied for sixth-most)

Bengals: 17 (tied for ninth-most)

Steelers: 13 (tied for 18th-most)

Browns: 11 (26h-most)