You know you expected a shoot-out today.
The Browns lead 14-7 after one, a start no one saw coming.
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Peyton Hillis has both touchdowns, but former Panthers QB Jake Delhomme is doing his thing, and taking advantage of third-down penalties by the Panthers defense to grab the early lead.
The Panthers struck first, on a drive that looked very familiar to Delhomme.
Jimmy Clausen took them downfield in nine plays, but only threw two passes. One was a dump to Mike Goodson, another a nice third-down conversion to Jimmy Clausen.
Goodson, starting ahead of Jonathan Stewart, did most of the rest of the work, capping it with a 26-yard burst.
It was the first touchdown the Panthers had scored in the first quarter this season. No, really.
Then Delhomme went to work, moving the Browns downfield efficiently. RB Peyton Hillis scored the TD from 9 yards out, but only after firing a laser off the hands of TE Ben Watson for what would have been a score.
Delhomme looked about like you'd remember him, nearly throwing an ugly pick to DE Tyler Brayton on an intentional grounding, but also moving his team effectively. He spread it around nicely, and keeps his guys in position.
The next drive was helped along by penalties by CB Chris Gamble (benched after missing Wednesday's practice) and DE Charles Johnson, who can expect a fine for whacking Delhomme in the head on the more egregious of the pair.
-- Darin Gantt