Browns fake punts, field goals to take 1st half lead over Vikings

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The Browns aren't throwing in the towel on 2013 just yet, pulling out all the stops in a wild game in Minnesota.

For a winless team saddled with a whole slew of on-field issues, the Cleveland Browns are making things awfully interesting against the Minnesota Vikings.

After being accused of tanking -- which happens when you trade a star running back while turning the offense over to a third-string QB -- the Browns are looking far from a team that's thrown in the towel. Four consecutive scoring possessions have powered Cleveland to a 24-17 lead at halftime.

Brian Hoyer, who took over at quarterback for a struggling Brandon Weeden by leapfrogging second-string Jason Campbell this week, has already thrown two touchdowns in the first half. First, he found Josh Gordon down the sideline for a 47-yard strike, then tossed a 19-yard score to tight end Jordan Cameron on the first play of the second quarter.

The Browns are pulling out all of the stops, having already converted on a fake punt and a fake field goal. From field goal formation on 4th-and-4 from the Vikings' 11-yard line, place holder Spencer Lanning pulled up and flung the ball out to the flat to a wide open Cameron, who ran in for his second score.

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Replacing Richardson has not been as successful. Replacements Bobby Rainey and Willis McGahee have rushed for a combined 12 yards on six carries.

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