CLEVELAND – The efficient offense that debuted last week was missing for the Browns in the first quarter Friday night at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Browns trailed the Detroit Lions 10-7 after a quarter.
Cleveland’s first-team offense scored two touchdowns on three possessions last week in a win over Green Bay to open the preseason.
Quarterback Colt McCoy was hurt Friday by three drops and some spotty protection. He ended the quarter getting drilled by linebacker Stephen Tulloch. McCoy ended the quarter 4-for-10 for 24 yards.
The Browns took a 7-0 lead following a fumble by Lions running back Jahvid Best.
Rookie defensive end Jabaal Sheard ripped the ball from Best and recovered the fumble. Rookie defensive tackle Phil Taylor had Best stopped up the middle, allowing Sheard to go for the strip. Taylor and Sheard were the team’s top two draft picks in April.
McCoy didn’t take long to convert the turnover. The Browns went 34 yards in six plays.
Running back Brandon Jackson, starting in place of Peyton Hillis, rushed for 10 yards on two carries. Rookie receiver Greg Little made a nice catch on a high pass near the sideline for 12 yards, then McCoy hit tight end Evan Moore for 2 yards and the touchdown on a quick out.
The Lions answered with an 80-yard drive. Nate Burleson gained 26 yards on an end-around with no one in his way, Matthew Stafford hit tight end Brandon Pettigrew for 27 yards against cornerback Joe Haden and Burleson caught a 4-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone against safety Mike Adams.
Nickelback Dimitri Patterson extended the drive with a holding penalty on third down from the Cleveland 40-yard line.
The Lions made in 10-7 at the end of the quarter with a 25-yard field goal from Jason Hanson. A short punt from Richmond McGee set up the drive, and Haden gave up a 30-yard completion down the sideline to Burleson.