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By Mike Wilkening

Here's observations on the first half of Falcons-Browns from a Cleveland perspective:

Halftime score: Browns 7, Falcons 6

Postitives: The Browns got key contributions in all three phases of the game. The passing game's sharp play led to Cleveland's only TD of the first half. QB Seneca Wallace hit RB Peyton Hillis on a 19-yard touchdown after Hillis got a couple steps on Falcons DE Kroy Biermann, who moved forward at the snap and could not get back into coverage in time. On defense, the Browns bent, but didn't break, holding Atlanta to two field goals in three red-zone trips. And the Browns blocked a field goal for a second straight week, with S T.J. Ward tipping a Matt Bryant attempt. 

Negatives: The Browns have done a nice job tackling physical Falcons RB Michael Turner, save for a 55-yard run in which Turner broke tackle attempts from Ward and Abram Elam. Wallace suffered a right ankle injury late in the first half, and his return is questionable. Jake Delhomme started the second half. 

Outlook: The Browns' pass defense has been very good, with QB Matt Ryan having few open receivers to find. That was the difference in the first half, and if their coverage continues to be sound, the Browns could have the edge in this game. 


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