Posted by ESPN.com’s James Walker
CLEVELAND -- The Browns lead the Minnesota Vikings, 13-10, after one half of action.
Here are some halftime observations:
After trailing most of the first half, Joshua Cribbs changed the momentum for the Browns by returning a punt 67 yards for a touchdown. He tied Eric Metcalf for the franchise record with seven career returns for a score.
Brady Quinn got the start for the Browns and has played decently. He moved Cleveland down the field but had to settle for two field goals offensively. The Browns were deep in Minnesota territory twice but conservative play-calling kept them out of the end zone, but Quinn is managing the game well.
The Browns are having trouble defending the stretch plays. Minnesota tried running tailback Adrian Peterson up the middle without much success. But as soon as the Vikings started to stretch the running game to the perimeter, they had more success. This will be something to monitor in the second half.
Perhaps Jamal Lewis was playing it coy in the preseason. After a sluggish summer, he is running really hard in the season opener. In the first half, Lewis has 32 yards on eight carries.
Overall, I think Cleveland is playing hard and playing well. The Browns are outmanned in this game on paper, but the energy and home crowd is keeping them ahead. It will be interesting to see if they can hold on in the second half.