Friday, August 19, 2011

Defense active in first quarter

Too much focus is on the offense in a football training camp, although it is natural to think offense first because this is a quarterback-driven sport.

The Lions led the Browns 10-7 after the first quarter. The defense led the way for the Browns. A forced fumble and fumble recovery by rookie Jabaal Sheard set up the Browns' touchdown, a three-yard pass from Colt McCoy to Evan Moore.

The Browns linebackers have been outstanding. D'Qwell Jackson and Kaluka Maiava each had tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Early in the second quarter the Browns forced the Lions to punt from their own end zone.

Another long punt return by Jordan Norwood - 20 yards - game the offense the ball on the Lions 21. McCoy jumped on the gift with a touchdown pass to Moore on the first play. The pass was ruled incomplete, but Pat Shurmur challenged the call and the ruling was reversed. Moore made a sliding catch and controlled the ball.


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