CLEVELAND - A mild surprise unfolded during the first half of the Browns-Vikings game at Cleveland Browns Stadium - the Browns led 13-10.
Neither team looks particularly sharp offensively, but defensively both have something going on. The bigger surprise is how the Browns are, for the most part, keeping Vikings uber back Andrian Peterson in check. He got loose for a couple of double-digit gains, but for the most part he's been greeted rather harshly by the Browns defense, gaining just 25 yards in the half.
Right now, where this game is being won is in the realm of special teams. The Vikings can thank favorable field position for their easy 10 points. On one of those two possessions, an unlucky bounce on a Dave Zastudil punt set up Minnesota. On the other a 36-yard punt return gave them an advantage.
But while the Browns special teams were giving things away, on one occasion, they took, as Joshua Cribbs took a punt back 64-yards to tie Eric Metcalf's record with seven punt return TDs.