The Browns won the coin toss and chose to defer to the second half, meaning that Kirk Cousins, Dalvin Cook, and the Vikings’ offense got the football first. The Vikings put together a great drive, mixing Cook in with a series of nice throws from Cousins to push to a fourth-and-1 play from the Cleveland 9-yard line. C.J. Ham converted the first down to make it a goal-to-go situation, and a pass from Cousins to Justin Jefferson was taken off the board because Cousins had crossed the line of scrimmage before throwing the ball. A couple of plays later, however, Cousins found Jefferson again, and this one counted for a 12-yard score. Greg Joseph hit the extra point, and after a drive that took up half the first quarter, the Vikings had a 7-0 lead.
Cleveland then got the ball and put together a long, impressive drive of their own. The Browns converted multiple third downs on the drive, both through the air and on the ground, and as we move to the second quarter of play, the Browns are looking at a 3rd-and-4 from the Minnesota 6-yard line. Each team only had one possession in the opening quarter.
After a quick first quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium, the Vikings lead the Browns by a score of 7-0, but Cleveland is threatening. Come on in and join us for the second quarter of play!