The Cleveland Browns packed all of their success into the first half against the Detroit Lions. However, they did almost nothing right in the second half as the Lions won 31-17 at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The Browns ran the ball for 115 yards in the first half as they built a 17-7 halftime lead. However, Cleveland only ran the ball five times in the second half as the Lions scored 24 unanswered points in the second half.
Quarterback Brandon Weeden couldn’t move the offense in the second half and threw a crushing interception on a shovel pass to Chris Ogbonnaya as the Browns trailed 24-17. The Browns defense was on the field way too long in the second half because the offense could not sustain drives.
Weeden, who turns 30 today, still has the “100 percent faith” of left guard John Greco, the Beacon Journal reported. ESPN quoted head coach Rob Chudzinski as saying, “I thought Brandon played well in spurts.”
As Browns 101 predicted on Friday’s episode of The Sports Fix, the game came down to Matthew Stafford of the Lions performing better than Weeden. Stafford tossed three touchdown passes to tight end Joseph Fauria and one to running back Reggie Bush.
Weeden had two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Cleveland (3-3) has a tough schedule ahead, traveling to Green Bay and Kansas City and hosting Baltimore before the bye week.
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