Cleveland—At least we know who the quarterback is.
The Browns scored the first points of the season as Phil Dawson kicked a 37-yard field goal with 11:28 to play in the first quarter after an eight play, 31 yard drive. The Browns started at their own 49 after the Vikings attempted an onside kick on the opening play of the game. Abram Elam recovered and the Browns started in good field position. After Jamal Lewis had a seven-yard run to start the game, the Browns picked up their first first down when Cribbs rushed for five yards out of the shotgun. The big play on the drive was an 18-yard pass to tight end Robert Royal which moved the ball to the Vikings' 22. Quinn was 2–of-4 for 19 yards on the first drive.
The Vikings tied the game with three seconds to play in the first quarter as Ryan Longwell hit a 21-yard field. The Vikings ran 12 plays and covered 46 yards taking 6:52 off the clock. The Vikings had a first and goal at the four, but the Browns were able to hold off the Vikings from getting into the end zone. On third and goal from the three, Brett Favre threw over Sidney Rice's head in the end zone forcing the field goal. The Vikings started on a short field after a short 31-yard punt by Dave Zastudil.
The Vikings took a 10-3 lead with 11:09 to play in the second quarter as Adrian Peterson went in from the one. After a three-and-out by the Browns, Darius Reynaud returned a punt 45 yards to the Browns 23. Nick Sorenson and Kaluka Maiva missed tackle opportunities on the play. Favre hit Peterson on a swing pass for 18 yards to the Browns' three. Two plays later, Peterson went in from the one.
After the Vikings' touchdown, the Browns made it 10-6 with 5:57 to play as Dawson booted a 20-yard field goal after having the ball inside the one. The Browns started at their 26 and drove 71 yards to the Vikings' three.
Quinn hit Lawrence Vickers for 12 yards and then Jamal Lewis had a 15-yard run to the Vikings' 46. After a seven-yard pass to Steve Heiden, Quinn threw deep to Braylon Edwards, who made a tremendous catch for an apparent touchdown. However, Benny Sapp interfered with Edwards and pushed Edwards out of bounds at the six. The Vikings challenged and the touchdown was called back. After a three-yard run by Lewis, and back-to-back attempts by Cribbs from the one, the Browns were turned back and limited to a field goal.
After stopping the Vikings deep inside their own 10, Chris Kluwe punted and Cribbs took the punt and returned it 67 yards for a touchdown and the Browns took the lead at 10-6 with 1:30 to play in the first half.
Brady's Debut: In his first start to open a season, QB Brady Quinn led the Browns to a field goal in their first possession. On the second possession, the Browns were forced to punt after an illegal block on WR Braylon Edwards put them in a third-and-14 situation. He was 7-of-11 for 47 yards in the first half. He was sacked once and his longest pass was for 18 yards to TE Robert Royal.
Drought Continues: The Browns ended last season with no offensive touchdowns in the last six games and did not score a touchdown in the first half.
Wildcat Cribbs: The Browns lined up WR Josh Cribbs in the QB formation at least four times in the first half, including twice inside the Vikings' five-yard line and resulted in no gains. Cribbs ran once for a first down in the first quarter. However, Cribbs had a 67-yard punt return with 1:30 to play in the second quarter to give the Browns a 13-10 lead. Cribbs has tied Eric Metcalf for the most career returns (7) in Browns history. That was Cribbs' second career punt return for a score, while he has five career kickoff returns. Metcalf had five punt returns and two kickoff returns.
Good Start for D: The Browns defense held the Vikings to a three-and-out on their first series. RB Adrian Peterson combined for one yard on his first two carries. Peterson had nine carries for 25 yards in the first half.
Some Pressure: The Browns were able to get some pressure on QB Brett Favre early as DB Abram Elam and DL Kenyon Coleman were able to take Favre down. DB Brodney Pool blitzed and sacked Favre late in the second quarter inside the Vikings' 10.
Down Goes Brady: Quinn was sacked by DL Kevin Williams as Floyd Pork Chop" Womack was beaten.
Favre Radar: QB Brett Favre was 8–of-12 for 57 yards. He was sacked twice.
Dawson's 900th: The first field goal that K Phil Dawson kicked was his 900th point as member of the Browns. Dawson kicked a second field goal in the second quarter to give him 903 points.
King in the House: LeBron James was at the game and received a huge ovation when shown on the screen. He stood and acknowledged the fans.
Tricky, Tricky: The Vikings opened the season with an onside kick attempt and Abe Elam recovered at the Browns49.
Inactives: For the Browns: DB Marquis Floyd, DB DeAngelo Smith, RB Jerome Harrison, RB Cedric Peerman, OL Rex Hadnot, TE Martin Rucker and LB Leon Williams. Third QB is Brett Ratliff. Alex Mack started in place of Hank Fraley. For the Vikings: WR Jaymar Johnson, WR Greg Lewis, CB Asher llen, S Jamarca Sanford, LB Erin Henderson, C Kory Lichtensteiger and DT Fred Evans. Sage Rosenfels was the third QB.
Dino Honored: Dino Lucarelli was honored prior to the game for his 35 years of service to the Browns with the coin toss.