2021-11-21
Detroit Lions
Cleveland Browns
League : NFL

Cleveland Browns vs Detroit Lions Prediction & Preview



 

 

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Sunday afternoon the Cleveland Browns will host the visiting Detroit Lions at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Lions are coming off their 1st “non-loss” of the season where they played to an overtime tie with the Pittsburgh Steelers last week. The Cleveland Browns are coming off a 45-7 putrid effort against the New England Patriots.

There is not much to be said about the Lions that they have excelled in; it has been a long season for the Detroit fanbase. In week 3, they held a 1-point lead over Baltimore with 1 minute to play, only to see Justin Tucker drill a 66-yard field goal to win. Then, in week 5 against the Vikings, the Lions had the lead again with seconds remaining only to again lose on a last-second field goal. The Browns season may be different in overall records, but the disappointment may be greater. It is one thing to not expect much and in turn not get much from your team like Detroit this year. It is another thing to have hopes of competing for the division title and making a potential Super Bowl run only to see your team sit at .500 ten games into the season. And lest we forget the Odell Beckham Jr. drama and eventual exit to LA. It has been a tumultuous year for the Browns.

 

Little to celebrate

First-year head coach Dan Campbell hoped that his fiery personality would be able to lift the Lions to a couple of wins but that has not been the case, at least so far this season. The Lions sit as the only remaining winless team. There really hasn’t been much to be pleased with on either side of the ball for the Lions as they rank 28th in the league with 319.4 total yds per game to go along with being 29th in the league scoring just 16.7 points per game. The trade of Matthew Stafford for Jared Goff certainly has not paid off for the Lions. Goff has just 8 touchdowns to his 6 interceptions. Even worse, he has fumbled 7 times and lost 4 of them.

 

Defensively they have been just as bad. They rank 28th in yardage given up per game at 379.8 and 30th in points allowed (28.9). Third-yearcornerback Amani Oruwariye has been the sole bright spot on the Lions' defense. He ranks 8th in the league with 3 interceptions. Coming off the tie to the Steelers maybe Coach Campbell can use that as motivation for the Lions heading into Cleveland.

 

Bounce back Browns

The Browns sit at .500 and in last place in the AFC North. Not a spot that foresaw themselves to be in as the season began. Talks of winning the division and contending to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl were the aspirations of Baker Mayfield and company. Those goals have now been tempered in terms of being Super Bowl contenders, but the opportunity to win the division is still within reach. Baltimore currently leads the division at 6-3 and will meet the Brown in weeks 12 and 14. Those games could swing things in the Browns' direction.

 

The Browns will 1st need to get by a Detroit team that could be motivated after their tie to Pittsburgh last week. The Browns are coming off an epic loss to the Patriots where Mac Jones looked like Tom Brady reincarnated. Baker Mayfield struggled completing just 53.4% of his passes and got hit hard and knocked out of the game late in the 3rd quarter. Baker is probable for Sunday along with top wideout Jarvis Landry.







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