Back at it again, Pride of Detroit is here to give you your pro football fix a day early. We really do this.
This week, the winless Browns come to town to face a Lions team looking to get the second half of their season started off in the right direction. With the playoffs in sight and not a lot of room for error, this is the second week in a row the Lions have been faced with a must-win game.
It’s no secret that the Browns are the NFL’s doormat, dropping their first eight games of the season, but Cleveland has been competitive this season, losing four of their eight games by just a field goal to the likes of Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Tennessee, and the New York Jets.
The nice things I have to say about the Browns:
- Their running backs are talented... sort of. After the Browns spent the majority of the offseason rebuilding their offensive line, and Isaiah Crowell (80 overall) showed some promise in 2016, it appeared Cleveland was going to establish the run as part of their identity. It’s tough to commit yourself to the run when you’re playing from behind so often, but their 761 rushing yards on just 161 attempts—good for 4.1 yards per attempt—isn’t too bad. But Duke Johnson Jr. (82) is clearly the more versatile back in terms of what he brings to the passing game. He’s rushing for 5.2 YPA and has 36 receptions for 324 yards.
- Cleveland has done a sensational job at stopping the run, limiting their opponents to just 2.9 YPA. Defensive tackle Danny Shelton (80) is a big part of getting that done.
- Jason McCourty (89) playing outside the numbers and Briean Boddy-Calhoun (82), playing primarily in the slot, are two of the best cornerbacks in the league.
And that’s about it. Let’s get this thing over with.
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