Browns vs. Lions – 1st Quarter Recap – Browns Starters Struggle

The Browns faced the Lions in the GLC and the first quarter was certain to be the most interesting as Brandon Weeden and company would take most of their reps before departing. Here’s how it went.

Brandon Weeden had a mixed first drive. He threw the ball to the ground a couple times and eventually fumbled the ball away. Not before he threw a pass to Mohamed Massaquoi for a reception and what is presumed to be a concussion. Massaquoi retreated to the locker room very quickly and would not return. The shot didn’t even appear to be that big as he collided with the shoulder of a Detroit defensive back.

Weeden also made a very nice long reception down the left sideline to Travis Benjamin who got past his man for the ball over the top for 34 yards. It was clearly the offensive highlight of the first half.

Josh Gordon had a rough go of it for the first two drives. Both times he ran weak routes that had Brandon Weeden throwing to a guy who wasn’t where he was supposed to be. If the cornerback had been able to handle it, the pass on the second drive surely should have been an interception and possibly even a pick six.

Mitchell Schwartz also played very much like a rookie. He was beaten badly a couple times in the first two drives, but it isn’t totally unexpected. You can only imagine how wide his eyes must have been seeing the likes of Ndamukong Suh coming his way.

On defense, old man Sheldon Brown jumped a floating pass over the middle as the Browns put some pressure in Matthew Stafford’s face. Brown returned the interception to set up the Browns’ second drive. Before that the Browns were gashed a bit in the running game as Maiava and Ben Taylor seemed to over pursue their lanes.

Weeden finished off the first quarter with an interception when he threw outside Greg Little and into traffic. Dwight Bentley was there to grab it and return it another ten yards deep in Browns’ territory. That resulted in a Detroit rushing touchdown and the Lions took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter with the starters mostly retiring for the evening.

Overall, not a shocking showing from a young Browns team, but certainly not anything that will give Browns fans confidence right off the bat.

Photo: WFNY

  • Commence overreaction!!!!

  • Danny Belcher

    How’s that first quarter out of ole big strong arm Mary K and Terry P?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    LoL nah that comes afer the next loss I mean game but they sure looked like it was their first game. One other think Mohammed Massacre can’t take a hit. One catch, one hit, one eyes rolling around in his head.

  • MrCleaveland



    we’re screwed

  • cmm13

    Still can’t stop the run – check
    Still can’t score a TD – check
    Still false starting – check
    Still not converting turnovers – check

    Yep, no overreaction necessary.

    Go Buckeyes.

  • Jared in LA

    When they play the Eagles, let me know. I’m going to take all the preseason games with a grain of salt, even if the last preseason game is an indicator of what’s to come. These first 2 are going to be attrocious anyway. Go Browns.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    *&^%$#@ that’s where all my Kool-Aid went!!! To much to fast pace yourself you have all season to throw up. 😉

  • TSR3000

    Thought Weeden looked halfway decent. Call me crazy.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I didn’t even put out the spiked Kool-Aid yet I was saving that for the next game. 🙁

  • Gren

    Weeden has a pretty arm. I like how he was willing to throw it away, even if it did come back to bite him early. He’s not trying to do too much yet.

  • That’s definitely disheartening. Tres Morneau.

    Glad to see TJ Ward looking like TJ Ward. Cameron looked good as well.

  • Joe Murphy

    I guess it’s too much to ask to have a good showing. Why didn’t anyone tell that to the other first round QBs this week?

  • saggy

    it was nice to watch football again. I’m excited to have Derek Anderson back on the team.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Also of note… Matthew Stafford was 4/7 for 51 yards and an interception… not exactly an awesome stat line. The lesson once again is that the preseason really doesn’t mean anything. Weeden hopefully learned some things yesterday.

  • mgbode

    and he had Calvin Johnson matching up against Buster Skrine on some of those downs

  • mgbode

    i’m watching it at 2am tonight. i’ve heard good things from people about Wade, Hagg, Ward, and the DL in general. bad things about the LBers, WRs (though a Carlton Mitchell sighting happened!), and Schwartz. I’m excited to see for myself (stupid NFLN for making me wait).
    anyways, we have the barge and the Lions don’t. sure, it’s only because the guys we are going to cut at the end of camp are better than the ones they are going to cut, but you have to start somewhere 🙂

  • It’ a very bad night when fans have to praise the way a QB threw away the ball just to have something positive to say. Strong arm but no mobility and afraid of getting hit — he’s going to need A LOT of coaching.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I’m watching the game now. The first TD scored by the Lions was their 2nd unit against our 2nd unit, so first teams actually went 0-0 against each other. I was more impressed with Weeden than I thought I would be. His INT was thrown wide of Little, but it looked like he should have caught it… it was a great play by the DB. Other than that, he had one bad pass where Morgan wasn’t open and he shouldn’t have thrown there hitting the CB in the chest. There were 2 throw-aways from the offensive line breaking down and at least 1 drop, maybe 2. Travis Benjamin looks like he can help spread out the field… definite deep threat. Mitchell Schwartz did look really bad, but he was also playing against Suh fairly often… I’ll wait until week 1 to worry about him.

  • Big Z

    The first pass from Weeden to MoMass made my eyes go wide. Nice to see a guy put the ball where it needs to be with some zip!