Week 6: Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns
Braden Shackelford: The Browns should be one of the most improved teams in the NFL this year, and although they made the Lions look silly in the preseason, I wouldn’t expect the same results. By now Nate Burleson and Ryan Broyles should be in mid-season form and the Lions’ offense should be firing on all cylinders against one of the better defenses in the NFL. The Browns are a run first offense and the Lions should excel at stopping the run, which should stall the Browns offense.
Prediction: Lions win 20-13 (4-2)
Matt Pelc: Remember that preseason game where the Lions looked so terrible against Cleveland that everyone wanted to vomit? This is why. Playing a regular season game just two months later necessitated the “Great Lakes Classic” be sacrificed for the greater good.
Prediction: Lions dominate Brownies, 31-20. (4-2)
Dean Holden: Finally, the Lions get a chance to avenge their
epic insignificant preseason loss to the Browns, who kept the team from another preseason championship. This should be a solid win for the Lions, but there is more to worry about on this team than one would think, what with them being the Browns and all. For starters, the defense looks solid, led by star corner Joe Haden and linebacker D’Quell Jackson. But more importantly, Brandon Weeden looks like an actual competent quarterback, and Trent Richardson could be on the cusp of a breakout season. We’ll know by this point in the season where those predictions are going, but for now, I have this one on upset special alert.
Prediction: Lions 13, Browns 14 (3-3)