CLEVELAND -- No, I didn't go for the Ravens-Chargers assignment, which would have put me in 70-degree San Diego. I am on the shore of Lake Erie, where the old quarterbacks -- 37-year-old backup Charlie Batch and 29-year-old rookie Brandon Weeden -- will square off when the Steelers play the Browns.
I have to say I've always enjoyed my trips to Cleveland, although I wasn't blown away by Geraci's pizza. For some reason, Cleveland hasn't felt like home for Weeden. At least that's what his statistics imply.
In five games at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Weeden has thrown three touchdowns and nine interceptions. In five road games, he has eight touchdowns and three interceptions, including a last-minute go-ahead touchdown in Dallas last Sunday.
Weeden's touchdown-to-interception differential (minus-6) is second worst in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Only Dallas' Tony Romo has a worse one this season (minus-7).
The last time Batch started a game at Cleveland was Nov. 13, 2005, when the Steelers beat the Browns, 34-21. Batch was 13-of-19 passing for 150 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions before leaving with a broken right hand. Who was starting at quarterback for the Browns that game? Trent Dilfer.