CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A first-quarter field goal and two second-quarter touchdowns staked the Cleveland Browns out to a 20-10 halftime lead over the St. Louis Rams in the preseason home opener at FirstEnergy Stadium.
“It was a good start,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said at halftime. “The guys came to play, and we had something to prove, just like every time we step on the field.”
Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein hit a 54-yard field goal at the end of the first half.
Originally, Graham had lined up for a 36-yard field goal attempt with the Browns facing a fourth-and-five from St. Louis’ 18-yard line. However, a false start penalty backed up the Browns five more yards.
On the previous drive, Rams wide receiver Chris Givens caught a three-yard touchdown pass over the middle of the Browns’ defense and cut his team’s deficit to 17-7 with 10:59 left to play in the first half.
Earlier in the drive, Givens hauled in a 59-yard pass from quarterback Sam Bradford that took the Rams from a second-and-seven at their own 20-yard line to a first-and-10 from the Browns’ 21. Both of Bradford’s passes on the drive went to Givens.
Browns wide receiver
Benjamin fielded the punt, which linebacker
Before Benjamin’s punt return, the Browns’ defense forced a three-and-out, their first of the game.
On the first play of second quarter, Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden threw a two-yard touchdown pass to running back
On the nine-play, 74-yard drive that lasted 5:12, Weeden completed all five of his passes for 60 yards.
“I thought he did a good job,” Chudzinski said of Weeden. “He was efficient and led us to some drives. Ultimately, doing that is what his job is all about.”
The Browns’ scoring drive was set up by a forced turnover.
After the Rams used passes of 20 yards and 17 yards from Bradford to Givens and running back Daryl Richardson to move deep into Browns territory, running back Isaiah Pead fumbled the football. Cleveland cornerback
The Browns held a 3-0 lead over the Rams after the first quarter of play.
Weeden completed five passes for 52 yards, and converted two of the team’s third-down attempts with passes. His pass on third-and-two from the Browns’ 34-yard line to veteran wide receiver
The pass to Little was initially intended for tight end