CLEVELAND – The second quarter wasn’t pretty, but the Browns went into halftime with a 21-13 lead over the Lions.
Nine penalties were called in the second quarter – after seven in the first – as the Browns outscored Detroit 14-3 to take the lead.
Colt McCoy overcame drops, penalties and inconsistent protection to go 10-for-18 for 96 yards and three touchdowns. The offense’s performance wasn’t as clean as in the preseason opener, but McCoy managed to lead three scoring drives and exit with the lead.
He played all but the final series of the first half.
Tight end Evan Moore had touchdowns of 2 and 21 yards – the second initially ruled incomplete but reversed on coach Pat Shurmur’s challenge. Moore dragged his feet in the right side of the end zone after controlling the ball.
Rookie receiver Greg Little caught the third touchdown, a 13-yard out in which he broke wide open. It was his first NFL score, and he celebrated by punting the ball into the stands. He wasn’t flagged – one of the few times you could say that about anyone in the first half – but got an earful from Shurmur on the sideline.
The Lions cut the lead to 21-13 with Jason Hanson’s 49-yard field goal, his second of the game.
Detroit’s Matthew Stafford left after four possessions. He was 6-for-10 for 85 yards and a touchdown.