Rapid Reactions: Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns First Half

Cleveland Browns 21, Detroit Lions 13 – Halftime

  • Matthew Stafford and Nate Burleson seem to have developed a nice working relationship. Add Calvin Johnson back in the mix and the chances of the passing game attaining heights we hope to see are very good. Another week and another highlight reel catch.
  • I’ve generally been one of the guys that says the Lions offensive line is not great but OK. I’m starting to change my tune based on this team’s inability to mount any kind of a running game (save for a rumble by Jerome Felton). It’s a good thing they can pass protect because they sure can’t run block.
  • Brandon McDonald stood out at the cornerback position, especially in run support. I like that.
  • The Lions didn’t dominate from the opening whistle like they did last week, particularly when Colt McCoy was working against the Lions second team defense. His first two touchdown passes came when working with a short field following Jahvid Best’s fumble and a bad Nick Harris punt. Gotta help out the D, fellas!
  • Is it just me or was that an odd first half? I feel like I could make an argument it was a lot better than it looked and another argument that it was a lot worse than it looked. The Lions are clearly improved over last year but they still have the “ability” to look abysmal when they don’t control the penalties or fail to wrap up ball carriers.

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  • aceanbender

    Nice roundup, Zac. Other players I thought looked good: Jerome Harrison, Will Heller, the linebackers (especially Tulloch, Durant, and Ashlee Palmer), and the defensive line (both first and second unit got great pressure). Oh, and Jason Hanson, of course, as he casually nailed a 49-yard field goal late in the half.

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