CLEVELAND - Choose almost any game from last season and the script would be familiar. The Minnesota Vikings came into Cleveland Browns Stadium today and dominated the home team.
Although it didn't start that way with the scored being 13-10 in favor of the Browns at halftime, that was short lived as someone woke the slumbering Vikings up at halftime and they went on to shut the Browns down in the second half defeating them 34-20 in front of 70,560, less than capacity.
Quarterback Brady Quinn was less than sharp in his season debut,connecting on just 21-of-35 passes for 205 yards, one touchdown and a score. The Vikings Brett Favre didn't stun. in fact he didn't have to carry the team as Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson rushed for 180 yards and three touchdowns.
The saving grace of the afternoon: an offensive TD with 26 seconds left in the fourth quarter as Quinn hit Robert Royal for 26 yards for a score.
Quick hit: It didn't take long for the knives to come out nationally on Mangini. Boomer Esiason delivered the quote of the day on CBS's pre-game show while talking about the coach's decision to delay naming his starting quarterback. Esiason's remarks may signal a league consensus:
Eric Mangini can take the fun out of a 10-year-old's birthday party with Big Bird there. That's how miserable this guy is becoming. Cleveland deserves better. This is a proud franchise with great fans and you have one of the most stifling, if not the most stifling, of all head coaches in the NFL there.