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Patriots-Browns first-quarter notes

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By Mike Wilkening

Here's notes on the first quarter of Patriots-Browns from a Cleveland perspective.

First-quarter score: Browns 10, Patriots 0.

Positives: The Browns have completely outplayed New England to his point. They have been aggressive in the passing game. WR Mohamed Massaquoi has catches of 21 and 22 yards. QB Colt McCoy has thrown longer passes with accuracy and has been prudent with his decision-making, not forcing the issue. The blocking upfront has been very good, too, with McCoy having plenty of time to throw and RB Peyton Hillis having the space needed to rumble for 61 yards on eight carries, highlighted by an 18-yard run that featured him leaping over a New England defender.

And the Cleveland defense? It's been excellent, holding New England to 21 total yards in 15 minutes. Finally, the Patriots have won the battle of the kicking games, too, with reserve DB Ray Ventrone recovering a fumbled kickoff to set up Hillis' short TD run.

Negatives: Other than Hillis' lost fumble, his third of the season, there haven't really been any.

Outlook: The Browns have started well all season, and their first game after the bye has begun smashingly.

 

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