Broncos, Browns halftime notes

November, 6, 2008
11/06/08
9:47
PM ET

Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns are leading the Denver Broncos, 20-10, at intermission of Thursday night's contest.

Here are some first half impressions:

 
 Matthew Emmons/US Presswire
 Brady Quinn has been solid in his first NFL start.
  • The Brady Quinn era in Cleveland is off to a good start. Quinn is showing good signs in his first NFL start with several good throws to tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. and receiver Donte' Stallworth. Quinn also had a couple of wild throws early, but he settled down in the second quarter. Through one half, Quinn is 11-for-15 with 102 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Denver's defense is as porous as advertised. The Browns are having their way at the line of scrimmage and the Broncos are getting no pass rush when needed. It's also put a lot of pressure on Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler to throw often and he's been shaky in the first half.
  • It looks like it's going to be a big night for Winslow. Denver's linebackers and safeties are having a tough time containing the Pro Bowl tight end. Winslow already has six catches for 50 yards and two touchdowns.
  • As far as injuries from the Broncos' sideline, starting linebacker Nate Webster suffered a sprained left knee in the first quarter and his return is listed as doubtful. Starting tailback Ryan Torain has a left knee sprain and his return is questionable. Backup tailback Selvin Young injured his groin and also is questionable.

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