The Detroit Lions win 31-17 over the Cleveland Browns in a tale of two halves as they capture their fourth win of the season.
The game looked eerily similar to last week’s loss to the Packers. An anemic offense stunk up the field for the first half. The Lions could barely move the ball with only 110 yards total; meanwhile, the Browns had 250 yards total and a 17-7 lead.
But things change. The Lions marched down the field on their first possession of the second half behind the efforts of running back Reggie Bush. After a 39-yard run Bush capped off the drive with a 18-yard reception for a touchdown to pull the Lions within three.
Tight end Joseph Fauria would pour it on with two touchdowns in the 4th quarter. Though his most exciting celebration came in the 1st quarter as his end zone dance left the masses speechless. With that type of precision and detail one would think he took years of ballet. Maybe he did, but I don’t have the information to back that up. Fauria only has seven receptions on the season, but five of these have been for scores. Again, speechless.
Quarterback Matthew Stafford looked good getting him the ball. A four-touchdown day is always welcome, and the one interception he threw was not his fault. Stafford posted a season-high 75.8 total QBR.
The defense dialed it up in the 2nd half too.
Outside linebacker DeAndre Levy grabbed his second pick of the afternoon at a crucial time. The turnover led to the last Fauria score of the day which proved to be more than enough for the victory. Levy is now tied for a league leading four interceptions on the year.
Rookie defensive end Devin Taylor forced a fumble on a Brandon Weeden sack. The 4th rounder gained his first career sack as he is beginning to get more playing time.
The pressure was inconsistent throughout the day. Defensive end Willie Young got himself a sack along with the aforementioned Taylor, but two sacks against this Browns offense is not good enough. Coming in to today Browns quarterbacks had been sacked 2nd most in the NFL.
Today’s performance won’t fly against elite-level competition. The Lions still need to learn how to perform at a high level for 60 minutes. The potential is strong on both sides of the ball, but the consistency is weak.
The Lions go back home to face the other team from Ohio next week in a battle of 4-2 division leaders.
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