The Lions chew up their opponents on defense with defensive ends Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. They also sport a strong secondary featuring safeties Louis Delmas and Glover Quin.
Detroit is 3-2 and tied for first place, just like the Browns. However, the Lions are coming off a 22-9 loss at Green Bay.
Calvin Johnson, the Lions’ outstanding wide receiver, missed the Packers game with a bad knee, and he hasn’t been at full strength in practice this week. Tight end Tony Scheffler suffered a concussion as well.
Brandon Weeden will have to be sharp and quick with his passes, because the Lions will make him pay if he doesn’t. The key to the Browns’ success on offense is Willis McGahee. He rushed 26 times last week in the win over Buffalo, and that is the perfect recipe for success to keep the ball, run the clock and keep Matt Stafford and the Lions offense on the sidelines.
In addition to Johnson, Reggie Bush has been a dangerous weapon for the Lions, running the ball and catching it out of the backfield. If the Browns can contain Bush and Joe Haden can shut down Johnson, the Browns could pick up their third home win in as many weeks.
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