The Cleveland Browns' defense forced a three-and-out to open the game and the offense began with decent field position after the punt. After a 2-yard carry by RB Isaiah Crowell, QB Johnny Manziel ran a playaction fake and heaved it deep for WR Travis Benjamin, who hauled it in for a 60-yard touchdown!
Johnny. Freaking. . http://t.co/DOItHV0stg— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) September 20, 2015
On the Titans' next drive, RB Terrance West fumbled and the Browns recovered! Cleveland took over near midfield and moved the ball very effectively. Once they got into the red zone, Crowell punched it in from 11 yards out. The play went under review but stood as called, giving the Browns a 14-0 lead mid-way through the first quarter.
The Browns' defense shut down QB Marcus Mariota for the third drive in a row and had the ball at midfield again after the punt, but Cleveland had to punt right back after WR Brian Hartline couldn't haul in a third-down pass. RB Dexter McCluster busted off a big run for 44 yards, though, putting the Titans on Cleveland's side of the field for the first time in the game. The Titans were on the verge of field goal range as we head to the second quarter of play, but Mariota fumbled and the Browns recovered!