The Detroit Lions will travel to Cleveland to take on the Browns in a 1pm ET matchup in Week 6 of the NFL Season this Sunday. Coverage of this matchup can be seen on FOX.
Sun., Oct. 13th, 2013 @ 1:00pm ET
FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
- Who’s Favored?
Lions by 2.5 ~ 45 o/u @ BetOnline
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Suddenly, Cleveland has won three-straight games and are perfect since they decided to trade running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts. Things were looking good for the Browns, who are are tied atop the NFC North Division lead.
But that was until quarterback Brian Hoyer went out with a season-ending injury last Thursday night against the Buffalo Bills in a win. The loss is big for the Browns, who were really starting to develop an offensive identity with Hoyer. Now, the job goes back to Brandon Weeden, who thankfully for Cleveland has starting experience with the team.
The good news for the Browns is that the defense is playing very well. This is a defense that ranks 7th in the NFL against the run, and 8th against the pass. Having a good defense will keep a team in games even when the offense is struggling.
Cleveland faces a stiff challenge from the Lions this week, though the return of Calvin Johnson is still questionable. The Detroit offense was certainly not the same without Megatron this past Sunday in a 22-9 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
It was a receiving-by-committee effort on Sunday in the loss, in which the Lions managed to get just 286 total yards. It won’t get easier with Cleveland, as this defense might be the most underrated in all of football.