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A rain-soaked beginning couldn't mask a nice performance by the Browns first team. As the night wore on, however, the Jets big plays dropped the Browns to a pre-season loss, 24-20.

CLEVELAND - The Browns started the preseason with a jolt—literally.

Only eight minutes into the game, lightning strikes caused a one hour delay, but the Browns had already had a lightning strike of their own. Derek Anderson hit Braylon Edwards for a score and a quick 7-0 lead. However, the Jets rallied late and won the preseason opener, 24-20.

The jets scored all three of their touchdowns on big plays of 71, 70, and 62-yards.

Meanwhile, the story for the Jets was the acquisition of Brett Favre in a trade with the Packers. Favre arrived in Cleveland and held a press conference prior to the game. He spent the game on the sidelines wearing a head set.

Both first teams for the Browns did their jobs in their brief stints. The defense stopped the Jets on downs and the offense scored a touchdown on their only possession.

The Browns scored on their first possession to take a 7-0 lead as Anderson hit Edwards in the corner of the end zone for a two-yard touchdown as Edwards made a sensational one-handed catch on a ball that was thrown over his right shoulder. The big play on the drive was a pass interference penalty on Justin Miller as he grabbed Edwards as he raced by Miller. The penalty moved the ball to the Jets' 13 as Anderson tried to hook up with Edwards on the bomb. On third-and-five from the nine, Anderson scrambled for six yards to the three for a first down. The Browns went nine plays in 62 yards, taking 4:48 off the clock. Anderson was 4-of-5 for 20 yards, including the touchdown. He had a 122.9 rating for his short period. Donte Stallworth had two catches for 14 yards on the first drive. Jamal Lewis had three carries for 11 yards.

Moments after the score, the game was suspended due to lightning with 4:11 to play in the first quarter. After a one hour delay, the game resumed, but that was the end of the night for both teams starting units.

After an intercepted pass by Eric Barton off the hands of Syndric Steptoe from Brady Quinn, the Jets tied the score with 13:01 to play in the second quarter as Brett Ratliff hit David Clowney on the first play for 71 yards and a score. Clowney got behind AJ Davis and Nick Sorenson.

Quinn moved the offense on the next possession for a touchdown to give the Browns a 14-7 lead with 8:06 to play in the second quarter. Jason Wright went in from the one for the score. Quinn scrambled out of a sack situation by Brad Kassell and made a first down before he hit Travis Wilson for 18 yards to the Jets' 6. After a five-yard pass to Steve Sanders to the one, Wright went in over right guard. Quinn started 7-of-8 for 79 yards, including the interception. The Browns drive was nine plays for 65 in 4:55.

Mike Nugent hit a 20-yard field goal as time expired in the first half to make it 14-10. The Jets moved 83 yards in 17 plays consuming the final 8:06 of the half.

The Browns increased their lead to 17-10 as Jason Reda hit a 26-yard field goal with 1:55 to play in the third quarter. The Browns had their own time consuming drive as they held the ball for 16 plays and 81 yards in 8:23. The longest play was a 23-yard pass from Quinn to Wilson.

Reda hit a 39-yard field goal with 13:01 in the game to give the Browns a 20-10 lead. Ken Dorsey was at the helm for the 40-yard drive that set up the score. The big play on the drive was a 28-yard pass play from Dorsey to Martin Rucker.

The Jets wasted no time, as once again, Ratliff hit Clowney for a 70-yard score with 12:49 to play in the game to make it 20-17. Clowney ran by rookie Mil'Von James and Steve Cargile. Clowney had four receptions for 163 yards, including touchdowns of 71- and 70-yards.

The Browns offense stalled and when Dave Zastudil punted it away, Dwight Lowery cut back against the grain and went 62 yards for the score and the Jets took a 24-17 lead with 10:02 to play.

The Browns tried to answer the Jets, but Lowery intercepted Dorsey in the end zone with 4:02 to play to help preserve the win. Prior to the interception, the big play was a 44-yard pass from Dorsey to rookie Paul Hubbard which took the ball to the Jets' 45. Dorsey threw a strike to Steve Sanders for a first down at the Jets' 11 on third-and-10. However, after a false start, Dorsey tried to force a pass to Rucker in the end zone which was intercepted.

The Browns stopped the Jets and got the ball back at their own 45 yard line with 2:42 to play. Dorsey hit Efrem Hill for 16 yards to the Jets' 39. After three straight incomplete passes the Browns were faced with fourth-and-10 with 2:22 to play. Dorsey tried to hit Sanders, but Hank Poteat intercepted the pass.

The Browns got the ball back with 59 seconds to play at their own 45. After an incomplete pass, a penalty on the Jets moved the ball to midfield. Dorsey scrambled 16 yards to the Jets' 34 with 42 seconds to play. Dorsey threw an incomplete pass, but Thomas Johnson was flagged for a personal foul on Dorsey which took the ball to the 20. Dorsey tried to hit Hubbard in the end zone with 26 seconds to play, but it was broken up. On third-and-10, Dorsey overthrew Sanders in the end zone. On fourth-and-10, from the 20 Dorsey tried to hit Rucker but Lowery interfered with Rucker at the five with 17 seconds to play.

The first down pass was incomplete to Rucker in the endzone and the second was off of Hubbard's hands. On third down, a fade to Hubbard was incomplete and the Browns had fourth down with four seconds to play. The final play was deflected and incomplete to Sanders.


Good D Omen: DL Shaun Rogers made the tackle on the first play from scrimmage as he knocked down RB Thomas Jones at the line. The Browns defense stopped the Jets on downs at the Browns' 38 to end the first drive. The first team defense only played the one series due to the delay. Rogers had two tackles in his only series, while LBs D'Qwell Jackson and Andra Davis had three tackles and two, respectively.

Good O Omen: RB Jamel Lewis rushed for 11 yards on the offense's first play and then QB Derek Anderson hit WR Donte Stallworth for seven yards on the team's second offensive play. The drive capped with a touchdown as Anderson hit WR Braylon Edwards for a touchdown. It turned out to be the first team's only series of the night as the starters did not return after the lightning delay.

Brady's Time: QB Brady Quinn was 13-of-17 for 133 yards and an interception. Quinn's QB rating was 73.9. The Browns scored a touchdown and a field goal with Quinn at the helm. Quinn's interception was off the hands of WR Syndric Steptoe.

The Dorsey File: QB Ken Dorsey was 8-of-26 for 139 yards, including two interceptions. He was sacked twice and led the Browns to a field goal. Dorsey's biggest play was when he hit rookie WR Paul Hubbard with a 44-yard strike in the fourth quarter to the Jets' 45. However, he was intercepted on the Browns' last two possessions.

Steptoe Third: On the Browns' first offensive possession, second-year WR Syndric Steptoe was the third receiver. Most observers figured with WR Joe Jurevicius and WR Kevin Kasper out that third-year WR Travis Wilson would be the third receiver. Wilson caught a pass from QB Brady Quinn on the final play of the first quarter for 17 yards. Steptoe had a pass go off his hands from Quinn that was intercepted by LB Eric Barton. Following the Jets' first touchdown, Steptoe had a kickoff return of 42 yards. Wilson had three receptions for 58 yards, including a long of 23 yards. It was reported that he suffered a hip injury, the extent of which is unknown as this is published.

Rucker Catch: Rookie TE Martin Rucker made his first reception from Quinn in the third quarter for an 11-yard gain. Later on the drive, Rucker caught a nine-yard pass. He caught a 28-yard pass from QB Ken Dorsey in the fourth quarter. He finished with five receptions for 70 yards to lead the Browns.

Favre in Cleveland: After all of the media hooplas over QB Brett Favre, he had his coming out party in Cleveland. After being traded to the Jets, Favre held a press conference prior to the game in the visitor's press area at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

"The last two to three weeks has been crazy," Favre said. "I am so excited about the opportunity with the Jets. I'll use (Green Bay's) term ‘We're moving forward'. "

Favre said he wants to get back on the field as soon as possible.

"After the mad rush is over, hopefully, I can get on with the process of getting back on the field."

Out of Action: TE Kellen Winslow (hamstring), TE Steve Heiden (knee), LB Beau Bell (knee), DB Gary Baxter (knee), FB Lawrence Vickers (hamstring), OL Seth McKinney (ankle), LB Antwan Peek (knee), WR Kevin Kasper (hamstring) and OL Marvin Philip.TE Darnell Dinkins started in place of Winslow. FB Charles Ali started in place of Vickers and LB David McMillan started in place of Peek.

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