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Here's notes on the first quarter of Browns-Saints from a Cleveland perspective.
First-quarter score: Browns 10, Saints 0
Positives: The Browns scored the first 10 points of the game, and big plays were the key. Eric Wright's 62-yard run on a throw-back lateral from Joshua Cribbs on a punt return — think of the "Music City Miracle" — set up the Browns' first points, a Phil Dawson field goal. Then, on the Browns' next possession, a long pass from QB Colt McCoy to Cribbs fell incompete, but the Saints were penalized for pass interference penalty, resulting in a 38-yard gain. On the next play, RB Peyton Hillis ran off left end for a four-yard TD. The Browns' defense has gotten pressure on QB Drew Brees, notching two sacks.
Negatives: The Browns caught a break when a Brees-to-Lance Moore TD pass was taken off the board because of off-setting penalties. CB Eric Wright, who has struggled recently, appeared to be beaten on the play, but the score was wiped off the board.
Outlook: Once again, the Browns have gotten off to a good start. They have played well in all phases to this point.