Final

Lions 10

(1-1, 0-1 away)

Browns 27

(1-1, 1-0 home)

7:30 PM ET, August 22, 2009

FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH 

1 2 3 4 T
DET 0 3 7 010
CLE 20 0 7 027

Anderson's solid effort steadies Browns as Stafford stumbles in first start

Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Derek Anderson looked worthy of being a No. 1 quarterback. Rookie Matthew Stafford hardly looked like a No. 1 pick.

Anderson led Cleveland to its first offensive touchdown in seven games and stayed tight with Brady Quinn in their too-close-to-call quarterback competition, helping the Browns beat Stafford and the Detroit Lions 27-10 in their home exhibition opener on Saturday night.

Fast Facts

• Derek Anderson went 8-for-13 for 120 yards and an interception, while Brady Quinn came off the bench and went 3-for-5 for 29 yards.

• Matthew Stafford didn't look nearly as sharp as he did a week ago and went 5-for-13 for 34 yards and an interception on Saturday.

• Jamal Lewis had seven carries for 23 yards and a touchdown.

-- ESPN research

"I thought things went well," said Anderson, who got the start after coming off the bench at Green Bay last week. "I played all right. I made some good throws and a couple I wish I could have back. It was an opportunity and I was happy to go out there and play well while I was in."

Joshua Cribbs had an 84-yard TD punt return in the first half as the Browns (1-1) built a 20-0 lead. Rookie James Davis added an 81-yard TD run and 116 yards on 12 carries for Cleveland.

After backing up Quinn in a 17-0 loss to the Packers, Anderson started with the first team and finished 8-of-13 for 130 yards with one interception. The former Pro Bowler made several strong throws, and, as usual, a few bad ones. Re-inserted by coach Eric Mangini to run a 2-minute drill, Anderson threw his pick in the final seconds of the first half, leading to three points for Detroit.

Quinn came in during the second quarter and was sacked on his first play. He went only 3-of-5 for 29 yards.

Mangini was asked if he has a clearer picture about his quarterback dilemma.

"I'm really not going to assess it that way now," Mangini said. "We'll keep rolling along and move into next week and see where it goes."

Stafford, selected first by Detroit in April's draft, threw an interception on Detroit's first play and went 5-of-13 for 34 yards. He also overthrew a wide-open Adam Jennings for a potential TD in the first half.

"That's what football is," Stafford said. "You'll play good some weeks and bad some weeks. The tough part about preseason is you get your allotted amount of plays. You can have a bad 25 plays and not get a chance to come back and fix it and make it right in the second half."

Lions coach Jim Schwartz, who inherited a team that went 0-16 last season, also has yet to settle on a starting QB. Daunte Culpepper, competing with Stafford, went 10-of-16 for 86 yards.

The Lions made plenty of mistakes: turnovers, penalties, dropped passes. Schwartz also had to deal with a pregame fight between tight end Carson Butler and defensive end Dewayne White, who tangled during warmups.

"I've never seen that before," Schwartz said. "The thing I like about it is they were competitive and going hard. I came in and said, 'Some of y'all thought the game started at 7 o'clock instead of 7:30.' Obviously that's something that shouldn't happen and it's already been addressed."

White hasn't put the skirmish behind him yet.

"We'll probably have to go at it one more time when we're not playing a game -- next week sometime," he said. "There's going to be bad blood between us."

Anderson was on the field for just five snaps last week. He quickly led the Browns to their first offensive TD since Nov. 17 on the opening drive -- a 5-yard run by Jamal Lewis. It was Cleveland's first TD since Jerome Harrison scampered 72 yards at Buffalo in Week 10 last season.

Anderson was 3-of-4 for 58 yards on the drive, which began after Cribbs' 95-yard, game-opening kickoff return for a TD was nullified by holding.

Stafford gave the ball right back to Cleveland, throwing an interception on his first pass. He rolled right, locked onto receiver Adam Jennings and never noticed cornerback Eric Wright, who picked him off and returned it inside Detroit's 10. Wright, though, was penalized for excessive celebration -- he tried to leap into the Dawg Pound -- and Cleveland had to settle for Phil Dawson's 33-yard field goal.

Cribbs then made it 17-0 with his electrifying return. He made four cuts while working his way to the left sideline, eluded linebacker Darnell Bing with a stiff arm near midfield and streaked into the end zone.

Dawson's 34-yard kick gave the Browns a 20-0 lead in the first quarter.

The Lions finally got on the board in the closing seconds before halftime. Anderson's dump-off pass was too high for Davis, who let the ball bounce off his hands to cornerback William James. Rookie kicker Swayze Waters then booted a 51-yard field goal as time expired.

Waters filled in for 17-year veteran Jason Hanson, who had a surgical procedure last week on his knee. The Lions expect Hanson to be ready for the regular season.

Detroit's Drew Stanton threw a 20-yard TD pass to Butler in the third quarter to make it 20-10.

But Davis, a sixth-round pick from Clemson who has had an impressive camp, broke a tackle and went in to give Cleveland a 17-point lead. David said it was the longest run of his football career.

"I knew I had one guy to make miss and then I was off to the races," he said.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DET
CLE
1st Downs1616
Passing 1st downs
107
Rushing 1st downs
47
1st downs from Penalties
22
3rd down efficiency
8-194-14
4th down efficiency
0-21-1
Total Plays7058
Total Yards288348
Yards per play4.16.0
Passing186154
Comp - Att
20-4112-23
Yards per pass
4.56.7
Interceptions thrown
11
Sacks - Yards Lost
0-03-12
Rushing102194
Rushing Attempts
2932
Yards per rush
3.56.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-01-3
Penalties6-5511-85
Turnovers22
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
11
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession30:0929:51

Passing Leaders

DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Culpepper10/16865.4000-0
Stanton5/12665.5100-0
CLEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Anderson8/1313010.0010-0
Quinn3/5295.8001-7

Rushing Leaders

DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Felton7344.9014
Cason8232.908
CLECARYDSAVGTDLG
Davis121169.7181
Lewis7233.3111

Receiving Leaders

DETRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Looker33913.00206
Boldin33913.00204
CLERECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Edwards13434.00344
Robiskie23115.50242

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDETCLE
cleTD11:35Jamal Lewis 4 Yd Run (Phil Dawson Kick) 07
cleFG09:48Phil Dawson 33 Yd 010
cleTD08:14Joshua Cribbs 84 Yd Punt Return (Phil Dawson Kick) 017
cleFG04:20Phil Dawson 34 Yd 020
SECOND QUARTERDETCLE
detFG00:00Swayze Waters 51 Yd 320
THIRD QUARTERDETCLE
detTD03:16Carson Butler 20 Yd Pass From Drew Stanton (Swayze Waters Kick) 1020
cleTD00:15James Davis 81 Yd Run (Phil Dawson Kick) 1027