Big plays give Browns halftime lead at Minnesota

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One of Sunday’s most entertaining games has taken place in Minneapolis.

Yes, we’re serious.

The Browns, led by passing game led by quarterback Brian Hoyer and wideout Josh Gordon, have a 24-17 lead after two quarters at Mall of America Field.

The Browns also used two second-quarter trick plays on special teams to score 10 points. First,a fake punt set up a field goal. Later, punter/holder Spencer Lanning hit an uncovered Jordan Cameron for a touchdown on a fake field goal.

Hoyer has completed 14-of-23 passes for 173 yards with two TD passes, with one to Cameron and one to Gordon, who had 103 first-half receiving yards.

Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder threw for 165 yards in the first half, but he was intercepted once, and he fumbled the ball away late in the second quarter after being sacked by Jabaal Sheard.

The Browns have made some mistakes, too. Hoyer has thrown a pick. Also, Travis Benjamin fumbled a punt. However, the Vikings were penalized 15 yards on the play after coach Leslie Frazier challenged the officials’ ruling that the punt was muffed and could not be advanced. Because the play was reviewed, Frazier was penalized by the officiating crew. However, Fox officiating expert and former NFL officiating executive Mike Pereira wrote on Twitter that the officials should not have penalized the VIkings 15 yards.

The Vikings turned the Browns’ fumble into three points, cutting Cleveland’s lead to seven.

In all, it was quite first two quarters in Minneapolis, where even some boos were heard from the home crowd after Cleveland went up 24-14 on the fake field goal.

19 responses to “Big plays give Browns halftime lead at Minnesota

  1. Vikings losing today will certainly start the future QB watch. The real problem is when the D has a really bad game like today, Ponder can’t come back from 14-20 pts down. I guess I’d even take Manziel at this point, at least maybe they’d trust him with more than a swing pass when it’s 3rd & 10 from your own 10 yd line

  2. Can the Vikings look any more ill prepared? Give up a long gainer and a TD on fake kicks. After getting the ball after a Browns muffed punt, Frazier challenges, which you can’t and gets a 15 yard penalty. Last week, they went into a prevent and allowed the Bears to march easily down the field for the winning TD. Poor coaching and lack of preparation. This ought to get someone fired (looking at you, Frazier).

  3. How the Vikings didn’t think to cover the wideout on the fake field goal is beyond me? This team (my team, unfortunately) is in a whole bunch of trouble that includes Ponder, of course, but goes WAY beyond him.
    Before the season began I predicted them to go 2-14. I might have to change that to 1-15? Just a horrible, horrible team. It’ll be quite a few years before they make any kind of deep playoff run. I hope the rest of you Viking’s fans come to terms with this.

  4. Ponder deals with pressure very bad. Given time he can perform good enough to win games, but has a lot of work to do if he wants to stay the starter.

    The most crazy player of the day is Marcus Sherels being the best cornerback on the Vikings team.

  5. The pathetic part is.. Both teams are 0-2.. One of them is undeservingly going to be 1-2, the other is going to be 0-3… Both deserving of 0-3

  6. Not only is Ponder a horrible passer, but even worse, he has no presence or feel in the pocket. He consistently runs into defensive linemen that are being blocked, and has some of the most nervous feet I have ever seen at the professional level. Hate to say it, but he is not the answer, and the Ponder experiment must end immediately.

  7. The Cleveland Browns have more wins than the NY Giants and the Washington Redskins combined.

    They are also tied with the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles.

    Let that sink in.

  8. filthymcnasty1 says:
    Sep 22, 2013 4:44 PM
    The Vikings sure don’t have much to show for their offseason championship.

    Neither do the 1-3 packers.

  9. filthymcnasty1 says:
    Sep 22, 2013 4:44 PM
    The Vikings sure don’t have much to show for their offseason championship.
    Either does your favorite squad. You comment here first before the Pack post……amazing.

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