The Browns had the ball at the start of the second quarter but went three-and-out and their punt went into the end zone for a touchback. The Browns' defense stopped Tennessee's offense yet again, giving the ball back to Cleveland after a punt. RB Duke Johnson had a big carry on the first play, putting the offense at midfield.
Head coach Mike Pettine faced a decision on 4th-and-inches with the Browns in field goal range. A field goal would've given the Browns a three-possession lead. Instead, he went for it, but the quarterback sneak by QB Johnny Manziel came up shy of the first down, turning the ball over on downs.
On the first play of the Titans' next series, RB Dexter McCluster had another big carry, with a touchdown-saving tackle from behind by ILB Craig Robertson. The Browns' defense followed that up with some pressure, including a sack by OLB Armonty Bryant and
then later a fumble by QB Marcus Mariota that was recovered by CB Tramon Williams! Scratch that -- the officials ruled that a delay of game was called before the fumble play, drawing boos from the entire city of Cleveland. The defense still stiffened up, though, to force a punt.
The Browns then had an opportunity to run the two-minute offense, but could've convert a first down and had to punt. With the Titans only having one timeout, they tried to push the ball downfield, but the defense forced a three-and-out and WR Travis Benjamin returned the punt 78 yards for a touchdown! The Browns lead 21-0 heading into halftime and will get the ball first in the third quarter.