TAMPA, Fla. – The Browns started the season on the right foot Sunday, taking a 7-3 lead after the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium.
The Browns scored on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Jake Delhomme to Mohamed Massaquoi on a post. Buccaneers safety Tanard Jackson and cornerback E.J. Biggers undercut the route but missed the interception, leaving Massaquoi free to jog into the end zone.
Tampa Bay responded with a 49-yard field goal from Connor Barth. The big play on the drive was a 33-yard scramble by quarterback Josh Freeman. Linebacker Eric Barton stayed with a receiver and Freeman beat him down the right sideline.
Rookie safety T.J. Ward broke up a pass, then rookie cornerback Joe Haden made a tackle for no gain and broke up a pass to force the field goal.
The Browns have already used a ton of formations and personnel packages, including Joshua Cribbs at Wildcat quarterback and running back. Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace also split out as receiver with Cribbs as quarterback.
Peyton Hillis had a 12-yard run on third-and-12 to keep the touchdown drive alive.
The heat index at the start of the game was 100 degrees.