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Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns: Preview and Prediction

October 13th, 2013 at 8:00 AM
By Jeff D. Gorman

The Detroit Lions will pose one of the biggest threats to the Cleveland Browns this year. The Lions have very few weaknesses, attacking from all angles on offense and defense.

If Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson returns to the lineup from a knee injury, the Browns will have their hands full, even if Joe Haden is able to keep “Megatron” from activating the scoreboard.

That’s because Reggie Bush and Joique Bell will be keeping everyone else busy by carrying the ball and catching it out of the backfield.

On offense, Brandon Weeden has to avoid getting sacked five or six times if the Browns are going to have any chance. Willis McGahee needs to carry the ball at least 20 times to keep the Lions defensive line from attacking Weeden on every play.

The Browns can win their fourth in a row, but they will need turnovers and/or special teams heroics to do it. However, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has only thrown three interceptions all year, and Detroit will try to punt the ball away from Travis Benjamin if at all possible.

Unfortunately for the Browns, the Lions will present too many problems to solve in one afternoon.

 

Prediction: Detroit 20, Cleveland 13.

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Tags: Cleveland, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions, Football, NFL

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